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Mozambique: construction of second powerline affected by illegal buildings

Construction of a second electric transmission line from Infulene to Marracuene in Mozambique’s has been affected by illegal buildings along the scheduled pass for the electricity cables. The power transmission line would cost US$600 million according to EDM.

According to Mozambique’s public owned electricity company, EDM they have been facing challenges since Matola residents were constructing illegal structures, even after the company had compensated residents initially.

Construction of the electricity line, which was expected to be completed by the first half of 2015, and which is to run from Infulene sub-station and then through Zimpeto and finally to  Marracuene town, may not beat the deadline due to the problem that was not expected by the company.

The company said they had compensated the owners of the houses and only to find they have re occupied the land again.

The construction of the transmission line runs parallel to the first, which was built about 30 years ago and will run a total length of about 20 kilometres.

EDM says it needs the second high voltage line to guarantee the reliability of the power supply. Domingos, EDM lawyer, Joao Domingos, said that one of EDM was mainly concerned with the large number of complaints from clients due to poor quality of the electricity supply. The company will also be spending US$600m for the 400 kVolts power line.

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