Mozambican government plans Gorongosa dam

16 December 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Dec – The Mozambican government plans to build a dam on the Nhandale River, in Gorongosa district, Sofala province to produce alternative electricity to the national grid of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB) and irrigate extensive areas of agricultural fields in the region.

The president of Gorongosa municipality, Moreze Cauzande told Mozambican newspaper Noticias Wednesday that the project would be funded by the World Bank and was scheduled to start in 2010 and be concluded in 2012 or 2013.

Cauzande told the paper that “the environmental impact study has ended and the result is (that the dam) is viable.”

The project will improve the lives of the over 75,000 residents in Goronogosa town as well as also serving to drive quality fish farming projects in the dam’s reservoir.

“We also plan for vegetable production to take place year round based on the irrigation system,” Cauzande said.

The central government is preparing the launch of an international public tender to find a contractor to build he dam.

The new dam will be the first electricity generation project in Sofala province over the next few years.

The Mozambican authorities also plan to launch similar projects on the Púnguè and Buwe-Maria rivers, as part of a joint project to share water resources between the Mozambican and Zimbabwean governments.

Currently, the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam has the monopoly on supplying electricity in Mozambique. (macauhub)