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OTHER NEWS 19 Oct 2015

Pöyry provides Africa with increased access to electricity as part of Obama's Power Africa initiative

Pöyry will be working within President Obama’s Power Africa project to investigate how a powerline can be installed between Massinga and Vilanculos to secure the electricity supply for an estimated 500,000 people.

In Mozambique, 17 million people lack direct access to electricity from the national grid and experience power cuts on a regular basis, causing frequent disruption to their everyday lives. Despite considerable hydropower resources, the issue of access to electricity is particularly acute in rural areas of Mozambique and the lack of a reliable supply hinders the development of both the economy and industry, whilst limiting access to health care and education. Expanding the electricity supply is therefore a central part of the country's poverty reduction policies.

International consulting and engineering company, Pöyry, as part of The Swedish Partnership, is one of the first bilateral commitments between the Power Africa initiative and foreign donors. On behalf of the Mozambican state electricity company, EDM, Pöyry will investigate how to build a 200km long powerline between the cities of Massinga and Vilanculos along the southeastern coast of Mozambique. “It is fantastic that our expertise will contribute to making this powerline become a reality, says Stefan Nyström, MD of Pöyry Sweden.

Pöyry's assignment will initially include calculating electricity demand in the region, drawing up the preliminary route and design for the transmission line and conducting an environmental impact study. It will then comprise a cost estimation, financial analysis, risk analysis, as well as a systems study of stability, reliability, failure analysis and load flows. The aim of the new powerline is to ensure that there is an alternative power source that will make electricity distribution more reliable, as it will act as a backup to compensate when the first one fails.

Power Africa is an initiative within USAID which is part of America’s foreign policy programme, aiming to promote broad-scale human progress at the same time whilst expanding stable, free societies, creating markets and trade partners for the United States.

For more information contact:

Metin Parlak, +44 (0)207 413 3771, .

About Power Africa

Two out of three Africans south of the Sahara, a total of 600 million people lack electricity. Power Africa is an initiative of the US government to double the number of people who have access to electricity in these countries. The goal is that through wind, solar and hydropower, but also natural gas and geothermal resources in the region, increase security of energy, reduce poverty and promote economic growth. Sweden and the United States have signed a cooperation agreement which involves the largest investment in innovation ever in Swedish development aid: a billion dollars in ten years. Sweden will assist with money and expertise to various sustainable electrification projects, but also give guarantees and loans for investments to more Africans have access to electricity. The Swedish Partnership is the first bilateral commitment Power Africa from foreign donors.

Read more about Power Africa on: https://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica.

Read more about Sweden's efforts in the Power Africa on Sida's website: http://www.sida.se/English/.

About Pöyry

Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company. We serve clients globally across the energy and industrial sectors and provide local services in our core markets. We deliver management consulting and engineering services, underpinned by strong project implementation capability and expertise. Our focus sectors are power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water. Pöyry has an extensive local office network employing about 6,000 experts.