Mozambique approves negotiations for 1,000-MW Chemba hydro project

Mozambique’s Council of Ministers has approved a resolution authorizing negotiations toward construction of the 1,000-MW Chemba hydroelectric project on the Zambezi River in central Mozambique.

Government news agency Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (AIM) reported the project is to be developed as a public-private partnership of government-owned utility Electricidade de Mozambique (EdM) and a private capital hydro development firm, Sheza.

Government spokesman Henrique Banze said Chemba, to be built between Sofala and Tete on the Zambezi, is to ensure availability of energy to meet demand in central and northern regions of Mozambique, including expected growth in the area.

EdM last year signed a contract with a French consortium of Cegelec and Hydrokarst for repair of the 38.4-MW Chicamba and 52-MW Mavuzi hydropower plants. Earlier this year, Mozambique’s national water directorate, Direccao Nacional de Aguas, recruited consultants to serve as hydro-mechanical specialist on a project to complete expansion of Corumana Dam on the Sabie River.

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