Mozambique needs EUR 4 bn to solve energy crisis

Mar 29, 2007 02:00 AM

Mozambique needs about EUR 4 bn to invest in energy projects to try and solve the current crisis in this sector, according to Energy Minister Salvador Namburete.
The government is currently placing its bets mainly on seeking investments for new hydroelectric power stations. Of these the largest is at the projected Mpanda Nkua dam, on the Zambezi river some 70 km downstream from the existing dam at Cahora Bassa. Mepanda Nkua could generate 1,300 MW, a new power station on the Lurio river could produce 120 MW, and the recently rehabilitated dam at Massingir, on the Elephants river, a major tributary of the Limpopo, could contribute 27 MW.

Speaking during an interval in the Forum of African Energy Ministers, Namburete added that a gas-fired power station in Inhambane province could produce 750 MW. There were also plans for a large coal-fired power station at Moatize in Tete province.
"At the same time we are still conducting feasibility studies on other places with the potential to generateenergy", the Minister said. "We have a great energy potential that may reach 12,500 MW in hydropower alone. That would be enough to satisfy our needs, not only to serve the people, but also for the mega-projects".

Several major industrial projects are held up because of a shortage of power. This is the case, for example, with the third phase of the MOZAL aluminium smelter.
"MOZAL III and other projects are awaiting the confirmation of availability of energy to go ahead. We want those projects to be developed quickly", said Namburete. Speaking of the forum, Namburete said that its aim is "to harmonise points of view concerning ways to solve the crisis of energy on the African Continent".

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
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