Mozambique’s publicly owned electricity company, EDM has renewed its contract to sell power to the Lesotho Electricity Company, LEC. According to All Africa, the contract is to last for a year and EDM is expected to earn 7.2 million dollars through the supply of 35 megawatts which is 20 per cent of Lesotho’s total electricity consumption.
EDM chairperson, Ali Sicola while announcing the agreement in Maputo said that Mozambique, through EDM, has had a contract to sell power to Lesotho since 2008. He explained further that ” today we are renewing this contract, it can be renewed after a year, if both parties think that the business should continue”.
Meanwhile, Mozambique’s responsibility according to Sicola is to transmit the electricity to the border with South Africa and then use the existing power lines inside South Africa for transmission to Lesotho.
He stated that the agreement was very important not only for Lesotho’s development and electrification projects, but also for EDM to earn a substantial sum from the deal. On his part, chairperson of LEC, Victor Ketso stressed that the contract was of great necessity adding that “reliable supply of electricity is indissociably linked to the economic development of our countries”.
He added that “the agreement strengthens the existing friendship between the peoples of Lesotho and of Mozambique, let us all collaborate in various fields of mutual interest, in order to improve the lives of the people we serve”.