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All of Mozambique’s 416 administrative posts are expected to be electrified by 2024 as a step towards universal access to electricity by 2030.
This target was set by the government at a recent meeting called to assess the progress in expanding and deepening the electricity network by the publicly-owned electricity company, EDM, and the National Energy Fund (FUNAE).
As a result of this meeting, the government is planning for electricity coverage to increase to 63 per cent of the population by 2024 from its current rate of 34 per cent. This will involve an average of 300,000 new connections per year fed either by EDM or through mini-grids supplied by solar power or mini-hydro plants.
Earlier this year, EDM completed the electrification of all 154 district capitals. The last districts to be electrified were Luabo, Mulevala and Derre, in Zambezia province, and Doa in Tete.
In recent days, EDM launched a tender for the selection of companies to work on the electrification of 13 administrative posts in the provinces of Maputo and Gaza (in the south of the country), Sofala, Tete, and Zambezia (in the centre), and Nampula and Cabo Delgado (in the north).
On Wednesday, President Nyusi told the Mozambique Social and Economic Forum (MOZEFO) in Maputo that the government’s “Energy for All” programme intends to raise the number of people with access to electricity in their homes from the current figure of 6.5 million to 16 million by 2024, with universal access to electricity by 2030.
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