MAPUTO, The entire southern region of Mozambique is bow covered by the national electricity grid following the opening of a sub-station at Dzimbene, in the district of Bilene in Gaza province.

The substation, which has a capacity of 500 Mega-volt ampere (MVA), was inaugurated by President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday during his three-day visit to the province. It was funded through 69 million euros in mixed credit consisting of traditional grant aid and commercial loans.

According to Monday’s issue of the newspaper Noticias, the opening of the sub-station will contribute significantly to the local economy. In its initial phase, the objective of the project is to increase the availability of power in the southern region, allowing access to electricity to both domestic and industrial clients.

Arone Malendze, the project manager of the publicly owned electricity company, EDM, explained that the new capacity will also enable the network in Gaza and Inhambane provinces to better withstand sudden drops in supply caused by localised power cuts or maintenance. The new sub-station will thus improve the stability of the network which is currently supported by the sub-stations at Mapai, Lionde, Chicumbane, Lindela and Massinga. It will also reduce the amount of energy lost during transmission.

Malendze noted that construction work is also taking place to modify and amplify the electricity supply in the provinces of Inhambane, Nampula (in the north of the country), and Zambezia (in central Mozambique), which should be concluded next year. He added that this includes the building of another sub-station in Beluluane, in Maputo province, with a capacity of 440 MVA, which will contribute to the development of the Beluluane Industrial Park.