Mozambican government plans to build hydroelectric plant on Lúrio River

1 April 2014

The Mozambican government plans to build a 120-megawatt hydroelectric plant on the Lúrio river to supply electricity to the provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

Construction of the facility was discussed at the international conference on regional development strategies for the Nacala Corridor, held recently in Nampula. However, no dates were given for the project’s implementation or for how much it would cost.

Notícias said that the Lúrio plant had been a topic of conversation between the Mozambican government and it development partners and that they were in agreement about the importance of the project for the northern region’s industrial development.

The provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado are currently supplied with electricity from the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam, in Tete province. The new plant is intended to meet an expected rise in demand for electricity in the region, where projects for prospecting and future exploration of natural resources are underway.

The conference also discussed other investment plans for the Lúrio River by the Nampula and Cabo Delgado provincial governments and the issue of whether the river would be able to support all of the proposed projects also came up.

Mozambican and Japanese specialists attended the international conference on strategies for regional development of the Nacala Corridor from the water and electricity sectors, as well as businesspeople from Brazil, Malawi and Zambia. (macauhub)