In Mozambique, the remaining four districts with no access to power will soon be connected to the national grid, by 2018. This was disclosed by the national power utility, Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM). Regions concerned are Muleva, Luabo and Derre in the Zambezia districts, and also Doa in the Tete district. The estimated cost for related works is $18 million which will be provided by the central government.
Still, in order to boost national power output, EdM currently builds a gas-fired, combined cycle power station of a capacity of 106MW in the Maputo district in order to meet growing demand. The $180 million project will be financed in part ($167 million) by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Also, a 220kV transmission line linking Chibata to Dondo, in the central region, is being laid while works to lay another of 11kV linking Cuamba to Marrupa are expected to commence soon.
EDM as a State Enterprise was established on August 27, 1977, to establish and operate the public electricity production, transmission and distribution service. One of its first tasks was to aggregate all the production centres into a single body in order to improve the satisfaction of electricity needs for the development of agriculture, industry, services and domestic consumption under the difficult conditions of that time.