Mozambican-Angolan consortium studies new dam on Zambezi river, Mozambique

17 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 June – A Mozambican-Angolan consortium is this year expected to carry out an economic feasibility with a view to building a hydroelectric facility in Boroma, in the Mozambican central-northeastern province of Tete, Macauhub learned in Maputo.

Mozambican energy minister, Salvador Namburete told Macauhub that the location for the dam (Boroma) had already been chosen, and it was now necessary to identify the locations for construction of the Mphanda Nkuwa and Cahora Bassa Norte (HCB-NOrte) dams, as all this depended on the studies being carried out.

The minister gave no further details about the Mozambican-Angolan consortium and also declined to provide details of the investment made in the economic feasibility study.

Namburete said that construction work on Mphanda Nkuwa and HCB-Norte was expected to begin in 2010, and the average production of electricity from the three dams was expected to total around 1,300 megawatts.

Despite criticism from environmental groups that are against the construction of dams along the Zambezi, Mozambique plans to move ahead with its projects in order to reduce the power deficit across the Southern Africa region.

“Over the last two years we have received requests from several countries in the region to increase our available electricity,” said Namburete.

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Lesotho, amongst other are the countries that have requested additional electricity from Mozambique. (macauhub)

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