Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric dam beats electricity production record

23 December 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Dec – The Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB) has just set a new record for power production by, on 16 December, exceeding production of 15,846,580 megawatt/hour set in 2007 when the project was handed over to Mozambique.

According to a company source, cited Wednesday by Mozambican newspaper Noticias, by 31 December the facility is expected to produce a total of 16,500 megawatts.

The chairman of the board of HCB, Paulo Muxanga said that on reaching 16,500 megawatts of power produced there will be a greater availability of power to make up the deficit in the interior of Mozambique and the countries in the region supplied either directly or indirectly by the company.

HCB came under majority-control of the Mozambican state on 27 November, 2007, after an agreement was reached with Portugal, which until then had owned the majority of the facility.

Under the terms of the deal Mozambique will have to pay Portugal US$950 million, US$250 million of which were paid on the day the deal was signed on 31 October, 2006.

HCB’s main customers are Mozambican state electricity company EDM, which buys 400 megawatts, South Africa’s Eskom, which consumes 1,300 megawatts and ZESA, Zimbabwe’s electricity producer and distributor, which receives 50 megawatts.
HCB has production capacity of 2,075 megawatts, of which 1,730 are sold. (macauhub)