Mozambique: Cahora Bassa plans to increase electricity production

16 May 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 May – The Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB) plans to increase its capacity by 850 megawatts to a total of 2925 megawatts in order to meet growing domestic and regional demand, the company’s chairman, Paulo Muxanga said, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

HCB currently produces 2075 megawatts of electricity, of which around 1500 megawatts are exported to South Africa.

Muxanga told the paper that recently 80 million euros had been invested in a project for refurbishment of the southern production plant, and in 2009 repairs would be made to the sub-station where the generated power is concentrated and converted before entering the transmission circuit.

The idea, according to Muxanga, is to increase production capacity, firstly to ensure coverage of domestic needs, before moving on to meeting the additional needs of countries in the region.

Zambia, according to Muxanga, is one of the countries next expected to receive power from Cahora Bassa, in response to a request made recently. (macauhub)