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Finally, since yesterday evening, the northern part of Cabo Delgado province has electricity again – after 10 days in the dark following the collapse one of the pylons on the powerline from the Macomia substation to Ouasse.
Speedy completion of emergency repairs to the line as it crosses the Mesalo river returned power to the Ouasse substation, thence supplying Nangade, Muidumbe, Mueda, Mocímboa da Praia and Palma, where about 15,200 customers had been in the dark since the night of Saturday, January 11th.
Feliciano Massingue, Director-General of Transmission at Mozambique Electricity (EDM), cautioned that the solution would require constant monitoring, as the level of the Messalo river fluctuates and it may at any time again sweep away the portico on the north bank.
Despite the restoration of supply to Ouasse at around 6:00 p.m., Mueda and Nangade districts were still, at the time of going to print, without power, presumably because of damage to lines leaving the substation. EDM technicians were busy trying to establish the location of the defects.
As a result of the precarity of the temporary portico, EDM has a contingency plan to install an alternative supply line along the road between Macomia to Muidumbe, which crosses the Messalo River in three places, but this would take more than 30 days to complete, Massingue explained.Source: Notícias
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