The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates will host the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) from November 30 to December 12. In order to ensure a “historic” presence, Mozambique is stepping up its efforts to put the huge Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric project in the global spotlight.
Announced as the centerpiece of Mozambique’s renewable energy roadmap and with the potential to generate 1500 MW, the project is expected to increase domestic power generation capacity and position the country as a major exporter of clean energy in southern Africa.
“Mozambique is betting on the multi-million dollar project to catalyze its desired energy transition and, at the same time, boost regional integration,” reads a report published on Tuesday, November 28, by Further Africa.
According to the portal, the plant could accelerate national and regional decarbonization objectives through flexible and affordable hydroelectric power.
“Mozambique is in a unique situation, as in less than ten years it will be able to provide 3500 MW of firm, clean energy at the lowest cost, attractive for green industrialization, exports and to achieve sustainable universal access,” he explains.
The high-level panel to discuss major hydroelectric projects, including Mphanda Nkuwa and its role in the energy transition, will take place on December 5 in one of the COP28 pavilions, where policymakers hope to make progress in involving financial institutions to boost the projects.