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Mozambique power utility targets 200,000 new user connections

State-owned utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) plans to make 200,000 new connections to the national grid by the end of this year, which would be three times more than in 2016.A company media statement seen by APA on Thursday says the new connections to the client base is thanks to the construction of 415 kilometers of medium voltage distribution network, and that last year 70,994 families were connected to power supply.
With the entry of 70,994 new customers last year, the electrified installations increased from 1,450,953 in 2015 to 1,511,738 in 2016, representing an increase of about 4 percent.
Thus, according to the public company, the national electrification rate rose from 25.9 percent in 2015 to 26.2 percent in the last year.
Mozambique has one of the lowest electrification rates in Africa, with the majority of the population still not linked to the national grid.

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