Hydroelectric dams in Mozambique start to be repaired

1 November 2013

The ceremony to lay the first stone of work to repair and modernise the Chicamba and Mavuzi hydroelectric dams in Mozambique’s Manica province, took place on Thursday, according to Mozambican newspaper O País.

Before the handover of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam to Mozambique, these two hydroelectric facilities provided electricity to the cities of Beira, Manica, Chimoio and Mutari, in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Repair and modernisation of the two facilities will be carried out by a consortium made up of French group’s Cegelec and Hydrokarst, under the terms of a contract signed in May with state power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM).

At the same time EdM also signed a contract with German group Fichtner for inspection of the work.

Repairs on the two hydroelectric plants are expected to cost 95 million euros (US$122 million), which will be financed through a donation of 300 million Swedish kroner (35 million euros) from the Swedish International Cooperation Agency for Development and another 50 million euros from the French Development Agency.

German development bank KFW has provided a subsidised loan of 18 million euros (US$23.6 million) for the project.

The repairs will increase the power production capacity of the two facilities from 63 megawatts to 86 megawatts as well as improving the quality of the energy supplied to the central region of Mozambique, particularly the provinces of Manica and Sofala.

The Mavuzi power plant was built in the 1950s and the Chicamba plant in the 1960s. These will be the first large-scale repairs since the two facilities were built. (macauhub)