$20-million order to strengthen Mozambican grid

February 21st, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize

 

ABB has won an order worth around US$20-million from the Aarsleff -Seth joint venture to supply engineered equipment packages for two new substations which will extend the transmission network in Mozambique. The order also includes the rehabilitation and extension of nine existing transmission substations which will help to reinforce the grid. The substations are owned and operated by the country’s leading power utility, Electricidade de Mozambique (EdM). The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2013. Demand for reliable power in Mozambique is growing at a rate of 10 to 15% per annum, thanks to industrial growth, construction activity and overall economic development. Currently, the national power grid supplies around 5000 MW of electricity with more than 90% of the capacity owned and operated by EdM. The increasing electricity load and the growing demand-supply gap is resulting in frequent outages. Mozambique’s ambition is to reach 10 000 MW, which could also open up the possibility of boosting export of electricity to neighboring countries.

Contact Shivani Chetram, ABB, Tel 010 202-5090, shivani.chetram@za.abb.com

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