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In order to facilitate the construction of the access road to the Maputo-Catembe bridge, Mozambique Electricity (EdM) will remove the high voltage power lines in Malanga by the end of this month.
Maputo Sul Development Company chairman Silva Magaia had expressed fears that Maputo-Catembe bridge deadlines might be compromised by the frequent postponements of the removal of the transmission lines, with construction of the northern bridge access viaduct stalled several times and uncertain of being resumed before June.
According to Magaia, workers installing pillars risked being electrocuted with the power lines still in place. Mozambique Electricity had promised to decommission the lines in December, but postponed the deadline to March.
Speaking on Rádio Moçambique’s ‘Café da Manhã’ programme, Magaia said that the underground cable that would replace the current one had already been installed, but had not as yet been fully tested.
Magaia said he was worried that if the latest May 29 deadline was not met, a further rescheduling might compromise the first half of December goal laid down for completion.
EdM spokesman Luís Amado however told Noticias that EdM was aware of the situation and working hard to remove electrical equipment by the end of the month. Without saying what had caused the non-compliance with previous deadlines, Amado said that EdM would clear the area so that the Maputo Sul work could proceed without further delay.
In the area already cleared, the work is being carried out as planned, with the hanging of the cables that will support the bridge deck in progress.
The ship carrying the deck slabs will dock at the Port of Maputo in June, and the platform assembled in July, when the pieces will be hoisted by crane and welded to make up the 680-metre deck 60 metres above waters of Maputo Bay, allowing shipping to access the port channel undisturbed.Source: Notícias