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Pöyry wins Power Africa* assignment

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The Consultancy company Pöyry Sweden wins a ”Power Africa” order involving a power line in Mozambique that is to supply electricity to half a million people. Contacts made during a delegation trip organised by Business Sweden contributed significantly to closing the deal.

Pöyry is one of the first companies in Sweden to initiate a project within the Power Africa initiative. On behalf of the Mozambican state electricity company, EDM, Pöyry will investigate how to build a 200 km long power line between the cities of Massinga and Vilanculos along the South-eastern coast of Mozambique.  

- A power line between Massinga and Vilanculos would secure the electricity supply for an estimated 500.000 people. It is fantastic that our expertise will contribute to this power line becoming a reality, says Stefan Nyström, managing director at Pöyry Sweden.

In Mozambique, three of four, that is around 17 million people lack access to electricity from the national grid and power cuts are the rule rather than the exception. Pöyry´s assignment includes 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.  

- Sweden was the first country to join the Power Africa-initiative and there is a strong interest from Swedish companies to be a part of the projects. This was made very clear during the large energy delegation, headed by state secretary Oscar Stenström, which visited South Africa last May. During this visit, which Pöyry participated in, the companies met with decision makers from utilities in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, amongst others Mozambique, says Cherif Sayed, regional director for Africa  and Middle East at Business Sweden.

 Business Sweden scales up support of the Swedish energy sector in Africa

- Promoting Swedish energy solutions in Africa is of top priority to Business Sweden, and an area where we work closely with Swedish embassies and other members of Team Sweden. Shortly, we will be launching a special program in order to further increase the support to Swedish energy companies, says Staffan Arbring, Trade Commissioner for Southern Africa.

* Two thirds of all people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Power Africa is an initiative from the US government to double the number of people with access to electricity. Sweden, was the first country to, in 2014, join the initiative.