On August 25, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique in Maputo to provide grant aid of up to 1.39 billion yen for the Project for Emergency Rehabilitation of Transmission Network.
By rehabilitating the Infulene Substation on the outskirts of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, the project will improve and stabilize the power supply to the electric power system in the southern part of the country, including the capital, thereby improving the lives of local residents and promoting economic activities.
Since civil war ended in 1992, Mozambique has achieved a high economic growth rate, and the electric power demand has increased, particularly in the southern part of the country. However, the existing substations have been operating for more than three decades, and successive failures caused by deteriorating transformation equipment occur regularly. This results in frequent power outages to the degree that Maputo is sometimes without power for more than half of a day at a time. It is believed that a rising population, an increase in economic activities and other factors in the Maputo metropolitan area will cause a rapid rise in the power demand, and steps need to be taken to quickly strengthen the existing power system in the south, and make the power supply efficient and stable.
The project is expected to increase the total capacity of the transformer at the Infulene Substation by approximately 1.4 times, reducing power outages. In addition to this project, JICA is supporting the formulation of a power sector master plan for the whole country through the Project for National Power System Development Master Plan Study, and will continue providing comprehensive support for achieving a stable power supply in Mozambique.
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