Mozambique: Mozambican government identifies 100 locations with hydroelectric potential

16 July 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 July – The government of Mozambique has identified 100 locations with a total estimated hydroelectric potential of 14,000 megawatts, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported Tuesday.

The paper cited António Saíde, director of the department of New Energies of the Energy Ministry, as saying that the locations were in the provinces of Manica, Tete and Niassa.

Saíde also said that as part of the diversification fo energy sources based on clean energy, focus has been placed on setting up small-scale hydroelectric projects.

Mini hydroelectric projects, Saíde said, made it possible to find solutions for a problem that remains a concern as electricity has not yet reached the whole of Mozambique.

As well as this potential, he said, 38 hot water springs had been identifies with average temperatures of between 50 and 100 degrees Celsius, which could also be used for the same purpose.

However, surveys for use of this potential have yet to go ahead, as the use of this type of energy requires large investments.

Saíde noted that work was already being done to assess the potential in the country in terms of renewable energy, with surveys being carried out with a view to setting up wind farms at Ponta do Ouro and Tofinho.

Mozambique currently produces 2,500 megawatts of electricity, mainly at the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric plant, in Tete province. (macauhub)