Mozambican government considers construction of dam at Cabo Delgado

8 February 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 08 Feb – The Mozambican government is studying the possibility of building a new hydroelectric dam, on the river Lúrio in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, in order to meet increasing demand for electricity in the country, local press reported Wednesday.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the viability study for the Ocua dam, which will have a 200 megawatt capacity, is now underway and due to be concluded within a year.

This study follows another recent study on building a hydroelectric dam at Alto Malema, in Nampula province in the north of Mozambique.

Negotiations are also currently underway between the government and potential foreign investors for building another hydroelectric dam, Mpanda Ncua, in the Zambezi River basin, which will have a projected production capacity of 1,200 megawatts.

Mozambique is also planning the refurbishment of the Chicamba and Mavúzi hydroelectric dams, in the country’s central region, which should make it possible to recover production capacity of 250 megawatts.

According to projections form Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy, domestic consumption of electricity will total 3,356 Gigawatts by 2010.

Potential electricity generation in Mozambique is estimated at 60,000 Gigawatts per year, 80 percent of which would come from the hydroelectric basin in the stretch of the Zambezi River located in Tete province. (macauhub)