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    9 September, 2009
Draft policy on renewable energy concluded
 

The Ministry of Energy has concluded the development of a draft policy on the development of renewable energies.

According to Joao de Lima, head of the Renewable Energy Department, in the Ministry’s National Directorate of Energy, the policy is intended to promote the use of new, renewable and clean sources of energy, and to accelerate investment in the sector. “This policy is framed in the context of national, regional and international policies, with the aim of providing good quality energy at accessible prices”, he said.

Among the “new” and “renewable” sources of energy are biomass, hydro-electricity, and solar, wind, geothermal and wave power. Mozambique has the potential to develop all of these.

Mozambican rivers, for example, could produce 15,000 megawatts of power, if further dams are built. Currently, the country only has one large dam, at Cahora Bassa, on the Zambezi, which can produce 2,075 megawatts. A second power station at Cahora Bassa, on the north bank of the river, could add a further 1,500 megawatts, and a new dam planned at Mphanda Nkuwa, 60 kilometres downstream from Cahora Bassa, could also produce 1,500 megawatts.

There are several mini-hydropower schemes that can each generate up to 15 megawatts, and provide power for small communities. It is estimated that there are between 60 and 100 other regions in Mozambique where such small hydropower stations could be built.

The Mozambican climate means that there is abundant potential for solar power. Average solar radiation levels in Mozambique are 5.2 kilowatts per hour per square metre, a figure regarded as extremely high. This level of solar radiation is fairly constant throughout the year.

Currently the government’s Energy Fund (FUNAE) is undertaking a rural electrification project based on solar panels. The project also covers the electrification of schools and health units.

FUNAE is working with the Indian company Central Electronics Ltd (CEL) to build a factory that will produce solar panels. The factory will be built in one of the districts of Maputo province, and will be funded by the Indian government, but the exact sums involved are not yet known.

 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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