Mozambique: Cahora Bassa in negotiations with Zambia to supply electricity

5 May 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 May – The chairman of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB) has said that negotiations are underway to supply electricity to Zambia, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported Friday.

Paulo Muxanga told the newspaper that the amount of electricity to be supplied was not yet known, as the parties had not yet reached that point in the negotiations.

“We are negotiating the sale of electricity to Zâmbia,” Muxanga said, about an operation that involves the construction of a new transmission line from Songo to the Zambian border.

HCB currently sells 1,350 megawatts of electricity to South Africa, 400 megawatts to Electricidade de Moçambique, 200 megawatts to Zimbabwe and 35 to 40 megawatts to Botswana.

However, as the dam produces a maximum of 2,075 megawatts per day, this does not leave much electricity for new customers as Malawi has also shown interest in buying electricity from Mozambique. (macauhub)