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Mozambique introduces new national electricity programme

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The Mozambican government has launched a $5 billion national electricity programme, which seeks to guarantee access to electricity to the entire population by 2030.

The National Director of Energy, Pascoal Bacelar, said that funds needed would be mobilised continually as the programme advances.

“This ambitious $5 billion electricity programme will be implemented by the publicly-owned electricity company, EDM, and by the government’s Energy Fund (FUNAE),” Bacela said in a brief interview on Tuesday, 13 November 2018.

He added: “the World Bank, the European Union, Sweden and Norway are expected to jointly provide about $223 million dollars in funding during the first three years of the progamme.”

Mozambique’s current generating capacity is around 2,200 MW, mainly supplied by the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam.

Most of that power is exported to neighbouring South Africa, while only 18 percent of Mozambicans have access to electricity.

Proposed projects include a 1,245 MW plant in the northern part of the Zambezi river where Cahora Bassa is also based, and the 1,500 MW Mphanda Nkuwa plant further downstream.

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