Lurio River, in Mozambique, may have hydroelectric facility in the future

25 October 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Oct – The Special Economic Area of Nacala will need sources other than the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric plant to supply power to that region of Nampula province, according to the delegate of the Office for Economic Areas with Accelerated Development (Gazeda) in Nampula.

Gazeda delegate Branquinho Nhombe, said that the area would need a considerable amount of electricity due to the number of projects being set up in the area, most of which are designed to work using electricity.

The delegate said that preliminary studies pointed to the Lúrio River as being the one that has potential to set up a hydroelectric facility, which would mean the ZEE would no longer be solely dependent on the power produced by Cahora Bassa.

Nhombe noted that Mozambique’s electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) was already working on the project, and that the environmental impact study to build the dam had been concluded.

The newspaper said that the study, carried out starting in 2007, covered a variety of variations to optimise use of the river, in the process of generating electricity, some of which involved building a dam to regulate the flow of the river to produce 65 megawatts of electricity.

The Lúrio River has a basin covering an estimated 60,800 square kilometres and an average annual flow of 227 cubic meters per second and it is Mozambique’s second-largest river stretching along some 500 kilometres from where it begins in Nampula province to the northeast coast where it reaches the sea. (macauhub)