Fault at Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique reduces power exports

7 August 2012

The Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB) has been operating at 70 percent capacity since June due to a fault said the director for the Technical Area of HCB, Gildo Sibumbe.

Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias, the director said that the fault, which is considered to be large, had occurred at the Songo substation, in Tete province, in central Mozambique, and would be fixed within a maximum of 30 days.

Sibumbe said that the damage to the power distribution network was affecting power exports to neighbouring countries, but the company’s board of directors had already requested to borrow equipment with similar characteristics from the South African authorities. (macauhub)