Mozambique: Cahora Bassa dam wants payment before restarting supply to Zimbabwe

11 January 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Jan – Zimbabwe will have to pay at least US$10 million of its accumulated debt to the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB) in order for power supply to be re-established according to a report in Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The newspaper cited Julião Pondeca, member of the board for Strategic Development at HCB, who, speaking to Mozambican news agency AIM said that HCB had been in daily contact with ZESA (Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority), Zimbabwe’s power production and distribution company, in order to find a solution to the problem and sign a contract for 2008.

According to Pondeca, Zimbabwe’s debt to HCB is US$18.7 million and by the end of this month a further US$4 million will be due for payment.

HCB had already warned Zimbabwe when in mid December it reduced power supply from 150 to 75 megawatts but as ZESA did not pay any of the debt, on 28 December, supply was cut off.

On New Year’s Eve supply was reconnected but as none of the debt was paid, despite promises to the contrary, on 1 January power supply was cut once again. (macauhub)