The launch of the Mpanda Nkuwa Dam in Mozambique’s Tete province is a priority for the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Plant company (HCB), which is part of the consortium responsible for the new dam’s construction, said the chairman of the board of HCB, Pedro Couto.
The Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa and Electricidade de Moçambique (HCB/EDM) consortium is responsible for the construction of the Mpanda Nkuwa dam.
Couto said the focus would be on Mpanda Nkuwa rather than construction of the northern Cahora Bassa hydroelectric station, in Tete province, known as HCB-norte, which has been “put on hold for an indefinite period.”
“The Mpanda Nkuwa dam is part of the expansion of our business,” he said.
“HCB-Norte is an old project to expand our infrastructure, but we will have to wait for another opportunity to move forward. We are now concentrating on Mpanda Nkuwa,” said Couto, who was speaking at the announcement of HCB’s results.
The Mpanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric facility will be built on the Zambezi River in the central province of Tete. The initial cost of the work is estimated at US$2.3 billion.
The project will have an initial capacity of 1,500 megawatts of electric power. (macauhub)