Mozambique: Sweden Provides €4 Million to Increase Energy Access in Vilanculos District

  • The Swedish government has provided an extra €4 million to Mozambique’s state electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) to increase power coverage in Vilanculos district, in Inhambane province, southern Mozambique.
  • The announcement was made by the Swedish embassy yesterday.
  • The funding ensures the number of new connections will increase from the current 6,750 to 10,000 connections.

Vilanculos District, Inhambane province, Southern Mozambique. Image credit: Maphill

With Sweden’s contribution, over 100,000 families will have access to clean and reliable energy in the district the embassy said in a statement sent to the media.

“An electricity infrastructure that is stable, safe and less vulnerable to disasters related to climate change is crucial for the electrification of Vilanculos and this additional support from Sweden will help in that regard,” said Mette Sunnergren, the Swedish ambassador to Mozambique, cited in the statement.

According to the embassy, this is additional support, totalling $44 million (€37 million) already provided by Sweden for the electrification of Vilanculos.

The new amount will serve for the rehabilitation of 14 kilometres of power line damaged by Cyclone Idai, which hit the country in 2019, causing EDM to lose revenue and consequently delay the process of power strengthening and expansion.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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