Mozambique plans to up Cahora hydroelectric output


Mozambique plans to raise output at the big Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam to 3,220 MW from 2,075 MW over next five years to meet rising demand in the country and in the southern African region, said an official.

Chief Executive for Cahora Bassa, Paulo Muxanga, said the project in the Tete province would cost around $1 billion and would be funded both by the company and private investors, but did not give any more details.
“The main project we have is the north-central part of Cahora Bassa dam, which will bring an additional 1,245 MW of power,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in Maputo, Reuters reports.

Currently power is generated only at the southern part of Cahora Bassa.
“The big percentage of the additional power will be used in Mozambique to expand the country’s electrification, but as we are not living on an island, we will supply the region as well,” Muxanga said.

Geological and hydrological studies for the project are ongoing and will be concluded by January next year, he added. Construction on the expansion is expected to start the following year.

The Cahora Bassa dam has the potential to generate up to 12,000 MW of power, but more investments will be needed to tap that output. Only 20 percent of Mozambicans have access to electricity.