(2015-07-13) Reconstruction work on the Centre/North power transmission line, along the section destroyed by floods in January in Mozambique’s Zambézia province, is due to begin in September this year, daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The work, which will involve laying or repairing ten towers damaged due to floods and placement of new guide tubes should be completed by December, before the peak of the rainy season.
Of the ten steel towers along the line that begins in Songo, Tete, and supplies that province, Zambézia, Nampula, Cabo Delgado and Niassa, one was completely destroyed, eight buckled to the ground and the tenth, on the opposite bank, suffered damage only at the top.
An alternative line based on wooden porticos was built in the area to ensure the flow of electricity, whilst definitive reconstruction is being planned.
The spokesman for power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM), Luís Amado, said that preparation for the work to rebuild the power line, over an estimated distance of 5 kilometres, were well underway, and the contractor is already surveying the area and a new route has been chosen.
The line was destroyed on the night of 12 January, when the northern part of Zambézia and the other three provinces were blacked out, and the electricity supply was restored only on 9 February, 27 days later.
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