Mozambique: Recovery of hydroelectric dams at Chicamba and Mavúzi awaiting tender

27 February 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 Feb – A public tender for the refurbishment of the Chicamba and Mavúzi hydroelectric dams, in the Mozambican province of Manica, is due to be launched by the end of March, a director of electricity company EDM said in Maputo.

Augusto de Sousa Fernando, director for generation and transmission and market operator for EDM, said that currently a consultant was working on preparing the tender document.

The director noted that the refurbishment of the two dams set along the river Revúè, would mainly involve equipment, creating conditions to increase production levels from 30 to around 80 megawatts.

Speaking recently at the meeting of the Board of the Transmission Network of EDM the director said that, three years ago, the cost of refurbishing the two dams was estimated at US$36.5 million, a figure which is expected to have increased over time.

The Swedish International Cooperation Agency (ASDI) is one of the partners that has shown interest in funding the work on teh dams, which were built between 1955 and 1968.

The Chicamba dam, which has two generation groups of 19.2 megawatts, whilst the Mavúzi dam has two 5.5 megawatt groups.

Both the hydroelectric dams have been linked to the grid and since 2005 have operated alongside the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric dam (HCB), providing energy to the central region of the country and sporadically to the Zimbabwean city of Mutare, via the 110 Kv system. (macauhub)