Mozambique: Cahora Bassa and Mpanda Nkuwa dams may provide more energy to Southern Africa

23 February 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Feb – Mozambique may provide an additional 6,000 megawatts to Souther Africa’s energy resources by 2014 as new investments are made, the Mozambican prime minister said Friday in Maputo.

Luísa Diogo told the Reuters news agency that Mozambique had potential to provide energy to the Southern African region, where investments projects are being abandoned due to cuts in electricity supply.

The projects include the second phase of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric facility, which will produce 2,0000 megawatts of electricity, the Mpanda Nkuwa hydroelectric dam, which may produce 1,500 megawatts of electricity and the Moatize power plant with expected production of 2,500 megawatts.

“Over the next five to six years (…) if we can invest in these projects we could contribute 6,000 megawatts to Southern Africa via the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP),” the prime minister said.

Diogo also said she hoped that foreign investors would put invest in the country’s hydroelectric potential, which is estimated to total 14,000 megawatts, particularly in the provinces of Manica, Tete and Niassa.

The Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam currently provides 60 percent of the energy it produces to South Africa’s Eskom, 35 percent to Zimbabwe’s Zesa and to Mozambique, which consumes the remaining 5 percent. (macauhub)