Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric dam to sell 4.4 pct more power to South Africa’s Eskom in 2013

19 October 2012

The sale of electricity by the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric dam (HCB) to South African power company Eskom is expected to increase by 4.4 percent in 2013, from 10,318 gigawatt hours (GWh) this year to 10,744 GWh next year, according to a report in Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Based on figures included in the proposed Economic and Social Plan for 2013, the newspaper said that from overall production of 15,952 GWh HCB expects to sell 3,458.8 GWh to Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) and 1,327.8 GWh to the Zimbabwe Electricity Supplier Authority (ZESA).

Overall exported electricity is expected to rise by 9 percent against the total projected for 2012, to 13,691 GWh.

The figures set out in the document showed that electricity sales from HCB to ZESA will also increase, as a result of buying an additional 449.5 GWh compared to 2012, which is a rise of 51.2 percent.

Purchases by Mozambican state power company EdM from HCB will increase by around 5 percent, as a result of buying an additional 164.6 GWh, as compared to this year.

In terms of thermal energy, produced by diesel- and gas-fired power plants, the 2013 Economic and Social Plan outlines production of 956.9 GWh, which is an increase of 0.1 percent against this year. (macauhub)