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Sweco hired to support Mozambique’s energy system in face of climate change

Sweco has won an assignment to develop the preparedness of Mozambique's national energy system and to develop processes for disaster management. The aim is to protect the country's energy infrastructure and supply from increasingly frequent extreme weather events and rising sea levels. The client is the state-owned energy company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).

Mozambique's long coastline and low-lying areas, below the current sea level, are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. These effects include new temperature and rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, droughts, flooding and tropical cyclones.

The country's energy system, which comprises hydropower plants, gas turbine units, power transmission and distribution networks, and the national operating and monitoring system can all be impacted or knocked out by a cyclone, for example.

Sweco's assignment encompasses an assessment of the current status and to develop preparedness and processes for disaster management, in line with national strategies for the country's energy supply.

Sweco has been working on projects in Mozambique for more than 30 years and is well versed in the country's energy system. This mission entails collaboration by Sweco's experts in energy, the environment and infrastructure with local and international partners.

The project length is 12 months and has an order value of about SEK 5 million. Sweco’s assignment is part of an agreement between the governments of Sweden and Mozambique financed by Swedfund, Sweden’s development finance institution aims to contribute to poverty reduction by investing in sustainable infrastructure and energy projects in the world’s poorest countries.

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