ABB has won orders valued at more than $7.5 million from Mozambique’s national utility, Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM), to improve electricity infrastructure in the cities of Maputo and Matola.
The ‘Maputo Backbone Project,’ valued at $4 million, will be carried out jointly between ABB in South Africa and ABB in Denmark, and involves the installation of equipment in four of the 66/11kV main substations in Maputo. ABB will install new transformers, replace existing switchgear, and refurbish the substations’ protection and control systems. This contract is scheduled for completion in December 2003.
The second order, valued at $3.5 million, is for the rehabilitation and reinforcement of the distribution network in Matola, a key industrial centre.
Under terms of the contract, ABB will replace the existing 30 MVA 60/30 kV transformer with two new 30 MVA 66/33 kV transformers as well as provide new protection and switchgear at the city’s Machava substation.
In addition a new 30 MVA 66/33 kV substation will be constructed in Matola Gare to take over the load in the city’s northern network extensions. A new 33 kV switching station will also be constructed in the industrial area of Lingamo in the outskirts of Maputo. All components of the contract are scheduled for September 2004.
‘We are pleased to assist with infrastructure advancement in Mozambique through our technology and rapid local project execution capability,’ commented Carlos Pone, CEO of ABB in South Africa.