US company surveys power generation potential of Mozambique’s Lúrio River

19 March 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 March – Mozambican state electricity company EDM has contracted US company Black and Veatch to draw up a survey of the capacity of the Lúrio River, in the north of the country, to produce electricity.

The US company, which has already begun work on the project financed by the United States Development Agency (USTDA), is looking at three possibilities for optimizing the use of the river for producing electricity.

USTDA, which is a US federal agency for foreign aid, is financing the study to support the development of power sources at a time when just 5 percent of Mozambique’s rural population has access to electricity.

The Lúrio River has a basin covering an estimated 60,800 square kilometers and an average annual flow of 227 cubic meters per second.

The three projects that are being analyzed involve the construction of a dam to regulate the flow of the river near the town of Ocua and to produce 65 megawatts of power and the construction of two hydroelectric power plants downstream of the dam.

The Lúrio river stretches over around 500 kilometers from the southwest of Mozambique up to the northeast coast, where it flows into the sea 40 kilometers south of Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province.

Black & Veatch, which was founded in 1915, specializes in developing infrastructures for water, power and telecommunications projects and has over 90 offices all over the world, and is one of the 500 biggest companies in the US, as published by Forbes magazine. (macauhub)