Power from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa dam to reach Malawi in 2009

26 December 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Dec – The power generated by Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam is due to reach Malawi in 2009 after its management company won the international tender launched by ESCOM (Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi), daily Mozambican newspaper, Notícias reported.

According to a government source quoted by the newspaper, after the announcement of the result of the tender a negotiation process began, which has now been concluded.

Notícias reported that the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric dam would provide up to 300 megawatts of power and initially only between 100 and 200 megawatts.

For that purpose, an estimated investment of US$80 million is required to install 300 to 400 kilometers of transmission cables and respective panels and substations in Mozambique.

Located in the Songo region of Tete province, the Cahora Basssa dam currently supplies power to Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and via the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), also sells electricity to Namibia and Botswana.

The current installed capacity of the Cahora Bassa dam is 2075 megawatts and South Africa is its main customer. (macauhub)