Mozambique needs to negotiate larger share of power from Cahora Bassa with South Africa

25 April 2014

Mozambique will have to negotiate with South Africa to increase its share of electricity produced at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric facility before 2029, when the current supply contract comes to an end, said the chairman of state power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM).

In an interview with STV, a Mozambican private television station, Augusto Fernando also said that his company was also operating at the limit of its power supply capacity, and that it even had to go to South Africa to supply the domestic market.

“The problem is that the commercial contract that is in place for the sale of electricity produced at the Cahora Bassa dam requires that most of the production be sold to Eskom, South Africa’s power company, and little is left over for Mozambique,” said the EdM chairman.

Speaking about the relationship with South Africa, the chairman of the Mozambican state company noted the importance of construction of the natural gas-fired power plant in Ressano Garcia, “which I currently being concluded,” and will inject 150 megawatts of power and reduce dependence on South Africa.

“The two line that carry electricity from South Africa are at the limit of their capacity an if there is a problem with these lines, as well as with the Motraco line that supplies power to the Mozal aluminium foundry, the entire southern area of Mozambique is under threat of restrictions to its power supply,” said Fernando.

Speaking specifically about Mozambique, Fernando noted that just 8 of Mozambique’s 128 districts had yet to be linked to the national grid, “which should happen this year,” thus increasing the company’s customers from 1.26 million last year, compared to 220,000 in 2005, for example. (macauhub/MZ)