On the 25th of July, EDF signed a FEXTE contract (Fund for Technical Expertise and Experience Sharing) with the French Development Agency (AFD) and Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). This tripartite contract aims to improve the performance of Mozambique's dispatching system and electricity network, following the blackout that affected the south of the country two years ago.
In June 2020, Maputo city and three southern regions of Mozambique were deeply affected by a generalized power blackout. EDM, the Mozambican public utility, called on EDF's teams to carry out a technical audit in order to determine the causes of this blackout. Six months later, EDF submitted a report along with an action plan proposition to improve EDM grid performance and avoid the repetition of such events.
After more than a year of work, the FEXTE signature highlights the close collaboration between EDF, EDM and AFD and marks the operational launch of this project. During one year, EDF will provide its expertise in transmission systems engineering, including modelling of EDM's transmission network and training of local teams in various sectors.
EDF transmission department (CIST-INGEUM), which initiated this FEXTE, will make a multi-skilled team available to train EDM on network analysis tools, command and control and power system protection. In parallel, the hydraulic engineering centre (CIH) will also take part to the project, focusing mainly on performance improvement issues through O&M of EDM's hydropower plants.
This project demonstrates EDF's ability to act as an integrated player and to support its international customers throughout their different business lines.
A great success that leaves room for future opportunities!