The first stage of the programme to repair and modernise the substation of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam (HCB), in the town of Songo, in Mozambique’s Tete province, is due to be concluded in August, the chairman of the company, Paulo Muxanga said.
The chairman of HCB also told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that the modernisation of the substation included replacing all the equipment that is in a poor state of repair.
According to Muxanga, by August the equipment will be practically set up along with the new material acquired by the company. After the modernisation the dam’s production is expected to increase.
The HCB substation, which is now being repaired and modernised, previously had equipment that was considered to be obsolete as the country’s civil war had prevented it from being replaced.
“During the 16 years of the civil war HCB was not fully operational, and showed no signs of disrepair but, as soon as it started operating again, the parts started to show their true state, and it became urgent to replace them,” said Muxanga.
HCB’s previous board of directors were aware of the severity of the problem and opted to launch the modernisation programme at the Southern Power Plant and which involved repairing the spillways and automation of the plant. Later on the modernisation of the substation in the town of Songo was launched. (macauhub/MZ)