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Consultants Guarantee Environmental Conditions for Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Project to Start

Consultants Guarantee Environmental Conditions for Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Project to Start

The international consultants and partners travelled through all the districts that will be covered by the project in the city, interacted with the Administração Regional de Águas do Centro (ARA-Centro) and, in Songo, with the managers of the Cahora Bassa Hydro-electric dam (HCB). The aim was to assess whether the environmental conditions are being safeguarded within international parameters and standards.

“There are total conditions to move forward with the project, because the assessments that were made and the results with actions that we observed during the visit allow us to classify the project as having the highest levels in environmental, socio-economic and technical terms,” said Marcos de Morais, international consultant, quoted by TVM.


ARA-Centro said there was enough water available to implement the dam and supply the populations along the Zambezi River. The Zambezi basin has an estimated potential of 180 billion cubic metres of water. These quantities allow the production of energy on a large scale.

“ARA-Centro, as the institution for management of water resources in this region, will continue to collaborate and cooperate, both in the discussion of the technical matters pertaining to the studies, and in the updates that are being made,” said Custódio Vicente, director-general of ARA-Centro.

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Already Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa says it is giving its full support to the materialization of the largest power generation project of post-independence Mozambique. “We, as HCB, are ready to co-operate with the Mphanda Nkuwa project, so that its implementation does not jeopardise environmental aspects in its normal operation,” states Rosaque Guale, HCB’s Director of Water and Environmental Resources.

The Mphanda Nkuwa project will be implemented on the Zambezi River, 61 Km downstream of the Cahora Bassa Hydro-Electric Power Station. The project is estimated at about 4 billion dollars and foresees the production of 1500 Mwh of electrical energy, with a high voltage transmission line of 1300 Km that goes from Tete to Maputo.


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