Africa50, EDM Collaborate on Clean Energy Projects in Mozambique

Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, has partnered with Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), the Mozambican utility, to collaborate on transformative clean energy projects in Mozambique aimed at addressing the country’s energy access gap.

The MoU outlines a framework for collaboration between Africa50 and EDM to develop three solar plants, including a floating solar plant, as well as transmission line PPP projects.

These projects are intended to facilitate the expansion of green generation capacity, providing safe, reliable, and more affordable clean power to areas with the greatest need.

Africa50 intends to undertake these projects as part of the $4.5 billion Africa Green Investment initiative, which was announced by the COP28 Presidency.

Africa50 was selected as a strategic partner for this initiative, which seeks to expedite and expand green projects across Africa, fostering climate mitigation and adaptation while stimulating economic growth on the continent.

The projects include the 100MW Montepuez solar power plant in Cabo Delgado Province, the 60MW Angoche solar power plant in Nampula Province (featuring a Battery Energy Storage System), and the 100MW floating solar photovoltaic project in Manica Province, designed to harness the surface of the Chicamba hydropower plant reservoir for power generation.

In addition to these generation projects, Africa50 and EDM have also signed an MoU for transmission line PPPs, with an initial set of high voltage lines spanning nearly 400km identified for development.

Leveraging the expertise gained from developing the first transmission PPP in Kenya, which is now at an advanced development stage, Africa50 aims to facilitate the swift execution of these projects. These lines are part of a green corridor intended to enable the transmission of green power to consumption centers.

Alain Ebobissé, CEO of Africa50, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “Mozambique has tremendous renewable energy potential and Africa50 is pleased to partner with the country to help turn it into concrete and impactful power projects, including pioneering floating solar technology. We look forward to joining forces with EDM to accelerate the deployment of green power infrastructure in generation as well as transmission, leveraging private sector capital and our partnership with the UAE’s Africa Green Investment initiative, to deliver these significant investments in Mozambique.”

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