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REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE

MINISTRY OF ENERGY

SEARCH FOR SUSTAINABLE POWER –

ÍNDIA-AFRICA PARTNERSHIP

9th CII – EXIM BANK CONCLAVE INDIA – AFRICA

PLENARY SESSION VIII

Presentation by

H.E. Salvador Namburete

Minister of Energy

New Delhi, 18

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March, 2013

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Mr Chairman,

Being the first time I am taking the floor, let me congratulate the Indian

Government on the successful holding of this prestigious India-Africa

Conclave, and on all the arrangements for the event;

African governments have been undertaking reforms to attract investors and improve competitiveness and people

´s living standards;

Power generation centres located away from major load centres in the vast majority of African countries;

Therefore, massive investments in long distance transmission lines;

Africa is abundantly endowed with both fossil and renewable energy sources, but given the huge magnitude of the required investments, the issue of financing remains a major challenge;

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The low level or lack of savings in most of our countries prevent the development of the so needed energy infrastructure, resulting in low performance of this critically important sector, especially in electricity;

A strong response to these challenges is essential to sustain and accelerate economic growth;

Isolated national action will not suffice to bridge the energy gap;

Making the best use of hydropower, natural gas, and other resources will require regional integration and the building of a regional energy infrastructure.

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The effective and timely implementation of newly identified viable energy projects in

Mozambique

would contribute to sustainable power with a total of 4.348MW of new generation capacity. These are illustrated in ANNEX I, namely:

In hydropower:

7 projects (3.715MW);

In thermal power:

5 projects (1.173MW) from coal and natural gas;

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n ANNEX III an illustration of natural gas discoveries and potential uses in Mozambique can be found;

In transmission

(3.100MW): Most generation centers are located in the Zambezi

Valley. Therefore, the Tete-Maputo (Backbone) must be built to evacuate the power to the load centers in the south and the SADC region (details in ANNEX II);

In Renewables:

A Renewable Energy Atlas will be published by the end of this year, and a feed-in-tariff mechanism (REFIT) will be put in place also by year

´s end.

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Renewables:

This is a particular point where we are expected to say something about the contribution of the Indian Government towards the development of renewable energies. In

Mozambique,

India has been playing a very important role in this regard, namely:

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Supporting the expansion of the national electricity grid into the rural areas: since 90% of generation is hydro

(renewable), this action is helping replace firewood and other unclean sources with clean energy; millions of our citizens are benefitting from this effort;

Supporting the electrification of 220 rural schools, 209 rural clinics, 145 houses for teachers and nurses, 29 public buildings and 59 fridges for vaccine conservation, which is benefitting a significant number of our citizens in the rural areas; with this effort, India is not only contributing to the expansion of renewable energies but is also helping our rural women to get safer births, go to school in the evening, thus improving their living standards;

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With the assistance of the Indian government, we are building a solar photovoltaic assembly plant in Maputo, expected to be commissioned in July this year;

Together with the above project, a number of Mozambican engineers are being trained in India;

An MOU is under preparation the serve as a general framework for our future bilateral cooperation in the renewable energy sector.

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We need to ensure that the energy sector development relies on diversified sources, even if in a particular country there is one abundant type of resource;

The diversification of the energy matrix allows for a balanced use of natural resources and increased security of energy supply, stability and affordability;

This implies the use of improved technologies, such as Carbon Clean Technology, whenever it is needed;

A high degree of regional energy integration and cooperation is critical to collectively ensure energy supply security, regional competitiveness, and effective environmental safeguard and protection;

An adequate coordination in project planning and implementation becomes critical, through the strengthening of

Regional Bodies, such as Regional Economic Commissions, Regional Power Pools and Regional Power

Regulators;

The strengthening of public

–private partnerships and cooperation at different levels, as well as a joint identification of alternative solutions to the challenges facing the energy sector in Africa is also very critical;

All this requires the strengthening and consolidation of the right policies and reforms that are being implemented to ensure the consolidation of macroeconomic stability and efficient fiscal management.

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In

Mozambique,

a successful investment in sustainable power is guaranteed, since we have:

Abundant renewable and non-renewable sources of energy (hydro, natural gas, coal and renewables);

A stable political climate;

A stable SADC region;

An investment-conducive legislation and regulations;

A region in shortage of energy, due to reduced generation capacity;

The business openness in the energy and natural resources sectors, including agriculture, tourism and infrastructure development);

A friendly, easily trainable, and hard-working labour force;

Excellent natural conditions for leisure and entertainment, including our famous smile and always welcome hospitality, and the rich and delicious gastronomy.

Therefore, our final message is always:

“come and see us, once; come and see us again and again; come as many times as you wish; if you like us, you are free to come and stay with us; if you decide to come and stay with us, please don’t leave your money behind. Bring it to

Mozambique!

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I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!

Ministry of Energy

Av. 25 de Setembro, 1218,

P. O. Box 1381

Tel: +258 21357600

Fax: +258 21357633

E-mail:

salva2712@gmail.com

Maputo-Mozambique

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