Sweden and Norway to pay for work on two hydroelectric facilities in Mozambique

12 February 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Feb – The Mozambican government has been given the go-ahead on modernising and refurbishing the hydroelectric facilities of Mavuzi and Chicamba, in Manica province, Mozambique’s Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete said in Maputo.

Speaking to Mozambican news agency AIM, Namburete said that the Swedish International Development Agency and the Norwegian government, which were funding the project, had given the Mozambican government assurances that the necessary funds were available.

The work was already due to have begun and was delayed several times, with the minister noting that the delays had been due to “misunderstandings” about how the funds would be provided, “which has now been resolved.”

Noting that the government was currently preparing to launch the public tender, the minister said that the building work on the two facilities aimed to increase generation capacity from 30 to 80 megawatts.

Recovery and modernisation of the hydroelectric dams at Chicamba and Mavúzi is expected to cost US$39 million. (macauhub)