Government plans new power station in Lichinga
The government is planning to construct a new central power generation station in the city of Lichinga (Niassa Province) in order to cover the electricity deficit in the area. The future power station in Lichinga is expected to run on coal, which means that its construction will spur the exploitation of existing reserves in Niassa. Alternatively, the station could make use of coal from Moatize (Tete Province.
Despite the plans for the new station, budgetary restrictions are delaying the completion of the construction. However, President Filipe Nyusi said that the government will continue to mobilise the necessary resources to facilitate this initiative.
Source: Jornal Notícias
Mozambique and Malawi’s power grids will be interconnected
Canada’s WSP Global and Water Waste and Environment Consultants (WWEC) of Malawi, have started working on a study to assess the environmental and social impact of the project for electricity interconnection between Malawi and Mozambique. Notícias reported that EdM and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM) contracted WSP and WWEC to conduct the study and prepare the resettlement policy of populations affected by June 2017.
The specialist in development of WWEC, Mabvuto Phula, said consultants have met with officials from the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Mining and Energy and the Human Rights Commission of Malawi.
The project to interconnect Mozambique and Malawi involves the construction of a 400Kv power transmission line stretching over 210-kilometres, from the Matambo sub-station (in Tete Province) to Phombeya in Balaka.
The interconnection, which should be completed by 2020, is seen as a solution to the current challenges Malawi is facing regarding the supply of electricity, through the promotion and development of new sources and opening up the market to potential investors.
The current electricity production in Malawi is 351MW, which only supplies about 10% of the population.
Who are the new directors named to EdM’s board?
Four months after four members of EdM’s board were suspended, the country’s Minerals and Energy Minister, Leticia da Silva Klemens, named new directors at the national power utility in late October.
Carlos Yum was held over in his post as director for development and planning
while the new director for operations, Aly Siloca Impija, had previously been systems director at EdM. In 2012 he founded the Electro Centro firm in Quelimane (Zambézia Province) to specialise in installing power lines, generators and offer consulting services in the electricity field.
Another newcomer to EdM’s board, Noel Govene (finances), is a former finance director of an affiliate of the security concern G4S in Maputo. He also founded the equity concern NKN Holdings in Maputo in 2009.
The last new member of EdM’s board, Maria de Fatima Serra Ribeiro Arthur (human resources) launched a consulting firm active in energy and industry and named Red Acacia in 2012.
Source: Africa Intelligence
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