Mozambique: Tanzania wants to import power from Cahora Bassa

13 May 2008

Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, 13 May – Tanzania wants to import electricity from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam to make up for its domestic power generation shortages, Tanzania’s prime minister said in Dar-es-Salaam.

Mizengo Pinda, who was speaking to the local press on his return from a trip to Mozambique, said that the country currently only imported electricity from Zambia, but an expected rise in demand required alternatives to be found.

The two sides are now expected to start negotiations, he said, and the agreement depended on Cahora Bassa’s ability to ensure supply.

The meeting with Mozambican prime minister Luiísa Diogo, served to discuss the “political and economic situation” of both countries, Pinda said, cited by African news agency APA.

Cahora Bassa, which was formally handed over to Mozambique last year, has a capacity of 2,075 megawatts, of which 1,350 are sold to Eskom, 200 to Zimbabwe’s ZESA, Swaziland and Botswana and the remainder consumed by the domestic market. (macauhub)