Production of the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric facility in Mozambique, affected by cyclone Idai

8 January 2020

The production of electrical energy achieved by the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric dam (HCB) in 2019 amounted to 14,656-gigawatt hours, which represents an increase of 7.3% when compared with production recorded in 2018 of 13,659 gigawatt-hours, the facility’s management company said.

The management of HCB also said in a statement that the increase of production was achieved despite the effects of cyclone Idai on energy transmission lines, which prevented the facility from reaching its production target of 14,809 gigawatts per hour.

The storage indexes and water inflow in the Cahora Bassa reservoir, coupled with weather forecasts for the Zambezi Basin and the availability of power generation, conversion and transmission equipment, have led the company to set a production target of 14,938-gigawatt hours in 2020.

HCB will continue to execute its plan for the modernisation of the power generation system and operation and maintenance processes, with the aim of improving the indices of reliability and availability of equipment, the statement said.

The Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa is a Mozambican company charged with exploration of the energy produced in the Cahora Bassa dam since 23 June 1975. (macauhub)