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Power returns to Palma district, Cabo Delgado

Electricity has been restored to parts of the district of Palma, Cabo Delgado, after more than a year without mains power

Electricity has been restored to parts of the district of Palma, in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado, after more than a year without mains power, state electricity company EDM announced yesterday.

A local source in Quitunda, the village on the edge of the Mozambique LNG project site,  told Zitamar News that power returned there yesterday, Friday 8 October.

EDM said it was able to restore power to Palma after completing short-term measures to repair the sub-station at Awasse, in Mocímboa da Praia district, as well as installing emergency generator sets, replacing pylons that had fallen down at the Messalo river, and replacing damaged cables.

The repair of the Awasse substation has already allowed EDM to reconnect the districts of Mueda, on 3 September, Mocímboa da Praia on 11 September, and the district of Nangade on 27 September. After Palma, the company said it would reconnect the district of Muidumbe, which has been without power since 30 August 2020.

Works are also ongoing on a longer-term fix for power in Cabo Delgado, EDM said.

This article was produced by Zitamar and Mediafax under the Cabo Ligado project, in collaboration with ACLED. The contents of the article are the sole responsibility of Zitamar News.