Ambassador Hearne’s Remarks at Temane Power Plant Project Launch

The U.S. government is supporting the Temane project through a $200 million direct loan for its construction through the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).

Your excellency President Nyusi, Minister Tonela, distinguished guests, colleagues, I am honored to be here today to celebrate the conclusion of the Temane Power Plant gas supply and electricity delivery contracts.  In coordination with our partners gathered here today, the United States is proud to support this new power plant.

The U.S. government is supporting the Temane project through a $200 million direct loan for its construction through the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).  In addition, thanks to the support of the U.S. government’s signature Power Africa program, we are providing a “Transaction Advisor” assigned to EDM to help bring the critical Temane Transmission Line Project to financial close.  The transmission line will connect Temane to consumers who need electricity in Mozambique and beyond.

Our support to Temane is in line with the Government of Mozambique’s Energia para tudos goal to provide electricity access to all citizens by 2030.  We also expect this project to have a highly positive developmental impact on Mozambique and the broader Southern Africa region.  In particular, the Temane Power Project will:

  1. Deliver power to an underserved area in Mozambique;
  2. Create local jobs in the formal sector;
  3. Link Mozambique’s national energy grid; and
  4. Increase access to energy, not just in Mozambique but throughout southern Africa.

Mozambique is a vital partner to the United States and this project represents one giant step forward for Mozambique in realizing its potential—providing its people with a critical resource and setting the stage for broad and inclusive development.

The power plant and transmission line will ensure that more students can study at night, more families can refrigerate their food, more water can be filtered, more fields can be irrigated, and more businesses can open.  It is a critical step in Mozambique’s social and economic growth.

This support is but one example of the whole-of-government approach the United States takes to development assistance in Mozambique.  The United States is the largest bilateral donor to Mozambique, with over $500 million in annual bilateral assistance through various U.S. government agencies, in addition to other forms of U.S. support through international financial institutions and multilateral organizations.

I would like to thank His Excellency President Nyusi, Minister Tonela, and the Government of Mozambique, and our other partners, for their collaboration on the Temane project.  We hope this can be a model for future cooperation as we work together to overcome shared challenges.

Thank you.