EDM plans to increase the supply of energy to southern African countries from the Temane thermal power plant in Inhambane province by around 250 megawatts.
The company says that the objective is to increase revenues in the sector, without prejudicing local consumption.
Mozambique is one of the most active players in the Southern African electricity generation market, even though a large part of the population is still without 0access to energy from the national grid.
To obtain revenue and reverse the situation, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) is considering increasing power exports to member countries of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
“Regarding the Temane project, the expectation is that about half of the power we have can be made available to the region,” explained Pedro Nguelume, administrator of the business area at Mozambique Electricity. “We are talking about 200 to 250 megawatts,” he explained.
“When the Mphanda Nkuwa project comes online, there will also be power to be made available to the region, since 1,500 megawatts is a lot for what we, as a country, have the capacity to absorb,” he added.
The electrical transition imposes on the sector the need to search for investments and strategic partners to materialize electrical energy expansion projects, in order to bring electricity to everyone.
“If we are talking about a project that starts from our electricity grid and goes to the border, this allows us to reach the most remote areas and realise the possibility of reaching more people by 2030,” Nguelume explained.
The official was speaking in Maputo yesterday on the sidelines of a meeting between EDM, representatives of SADC member states and the World Bank, called to present projects for the financing of electricity transport infrastructure in southern Africa.
“The specific objective is to bring together an initiative that will refine the estimates we have in order to have concrete numbers to move forward with financing,” Nguelume further detailed.
EDM points out that the construction of the electricity interconnection line between Mozambique and Malawi is already underway.