Mozambique Energy: Heavy rains bring down power line tower – dark days feared in Cabo Delgado districts, gas-rich Palma included

Power lines.jpgThe supply of electricity to five districts in the north of Cabo Delgado is again threatened by the rising water level in the Messalo River, which last February brought down a power line tower.

Mueda, Muidumbe, Nangade, Mocímboa da Praia and Palma are all fed by the Auasse substation, which in turn receives energy from Macomia.

The two substations are separated by the Messalo river, and the power line that unites them crosses the water course in the immediate vicinity of the Macomia district head village.

On 19 February, Messalo floodwaters brought down a powerline pylon, and access difficulties were further worsened by the heavy rain. The urgency of the situation prompted Mozambique Electricity (EDM) to erect four temporary wooden pylons in the gap between the fallen tower and the next one.

However, information arriving from Macomia indicates that the river waters continue to rise, and by Sunday had reached 20 metres, threatening one of the four wooden pylons.

Feliciano Massingue, managing director of transmission at EDM, said a team of technicians had been deployed to the area to monitor the situation and mitigate any damage, but the situation remained critical.

Sandbags had been placed around the endangered wooden pylon to minimise the washing away of soil, which could easily lead to the structure collapsing. Any power outage in the five districts directly affects about 13,000 consumers, including schools, hospitals, water pumping systems, homes and other ventures.

Source: Notícias

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