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World Bank earmarks 150 million dollars to boost Mozambique’s energy sector

The World Bank will channel 150 million dollars into Mozambique to implement the Energy Quality and Efficiency Improvement Project (PERIP). This project aims to strengthen the electricity infrastructure in several provinces, including Maputo, with the main objective of increasing the efficiency and reliability of the electricity system.

Nilsa Pelembe, national director of System Operation at Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), explained that PERIP has already started installing new equipment in substations to improve the energy supply to families in Maputo city. In addition, the project includes the repair of 16 substations and eight transmission lines, as well as the construction of six new lines to strengthen the capacity and robustness of the electricity system.

The initiative is not limited to Maputo; it will also cover other regions such as Nampula, Zambézia and Niassa, in line with the government’s efforts to expand access to electricity throughout the country. Pelembe stressed that the aim is to significantly improve the population’s quality of life, meeting the present and future challenges in energy supply.

EDM recently revealed that annual costs for public lighting across the country amount to 20 million dollars, highlighting the urgent need for efficiency in the management of energy resources. With an increase of around 50% in energy demand over the last three years due to the growth in the number of consumers, these investments become even more crucial for Mozambique’s sustainable development.

The World Bank’s investment in PERIP represents a significant step towards strengthening the country’s energy infrastructure, promoting a substantial improvement in citizens’ quality of life and supporting the government’s strategic objectives of expanding access to electricity.

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