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Monday, 24 February 2014

Mozambican power cuts raise business costs

Power cuts in the port city of Beira, and in other urban areas in the central Mozambican provinces of Sofala and Manica, reached a critical level early this month, causing enormous costs to business.

The cuts result from a major breakdown in the Chibata sub-station in Manica on January 29 and public electricity utility EDM has struggled to repair the damage. The sub-station is a key link in supplying electricity from Cahora Bassa Dam to the centre of the country.

EDM has imported some power from Zimbabwe but this is insufficient to cover demand and has therefore halted the rehabilitation of its own power station at Chicamba on the Revue River, which has been put it back into service. Chicamba and a second station on the river at Mavuzi were taken off-grid in January, when major upgrading began.