State owned Electricidade de Moçambique is building a new power transmission line linking the administrative post of Ressano Garcia, in Maputo province, to the district of Macia, in Gaza province, said the company’s chairman, Augusto Sousa Fernando.
According to Augusto Sousa Fernando, the work costing US$70 million was funded by the Danish International Development Agency (Danida), “will surely improve the quality of power in Gaza and Inhambane provinces.”
“This line is already one of the benefits arising from construction of the Ressano Garcia Power Plant fired by natural gas from the Pande and Temane gas fields,” Sousa Fernando said.
The choice of Ressano Garcia for the installation of the new power plant was due to the proximity of the gas line that links the Pande and Temane region with South Africa as well as the fact that Ressano Garcia is close to the power grid.
The new power plant diversifies energy sources in Mozambique, which to date has been 99 percent dependent on electricity generated by hydroelectric facilities, 94 percent of which from the Cahora Bassa dam.
Fernando Sousa also told the press that the new line linking Ressano Garcia to Macia is expected to be operational in 2016 (mahb/MZ)