Mozambique: Sweden to Finance Power Line in Niassa
Jun 13, 2007 allafrica.com
Sweden has pledged 80 million Swedish crowns (about
11.3 million US dollars) to build a new electricity
transmission line in Mozambique's northernmost province
of Niassa, according to the economic councillor at
the Swedish embassy in Maputo, Anton Johnston.
line will link the city of Cuamba to the capitals
of Mecanhelas and Marrupa districts in the east of
the province, and is part of the Mozambican government's
programme to ensure that at least 101 of the 128 district
capitals are linked to the national power grid, based
on the Cahora Bassa dam, within the next three years.
According to the publicly-owned electricity company
EDM, so far 60 district capitals are receiving power
from the national grid.
"This project hasn't yet begun,
but we have an agreement on it, and we expect construction
work to begin shortly", Johnston told AIM, after a
recent visit to Niassa where he assessed various projects
in that province funded with Swedish aid.
already co-financed, with about 100 million dollars,
the project to expand the Cahora Bassa power lines
northwards from Zambezia province to Cuamba and to
the Niassa provincial capital, Lichinga, in the west
of the province, with an interconnection to the town
of Metangula, on Lake Niassa.
Sweden also financed
the rehabilitation and resurfacing of the road from
Litunde to Marrupa, part of an ambitious project to
give Niassa a reliable road to the Indian Ocean coast.
This stretch was finished about 18 months ago, and
is fully operational. The next stage was to upgrade
the dirt road from Marrupa to Ruaca, on the boundary
with the neighbouring province of Cabo Delgado. Work
began on this about a year ago.
"Now this stretch of
the road, running for more than 70 kilometres, will
be tarred between 2007 and 2009", said Johnston.
Lichinga-Litunde stretch is already tarred, but work
must also be done in Cabo Delgado, upgrading and tarring
the road from Ruaca to Montepuez. When this is concluded,
it will be possible to drive all the way from Lichinga
to the Indian Ocean port of Pemba on tarred roads.
This road project also involves funds from Japan and
from the African Development.