Electricidade de Moçambique (Mozambique Electricity – EDM) has signed, with its Zimbabwean counterpart Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), a contract to supply 50MW of energy for a period of three years.
The contract renews the previous agreement, which expired on 31 December, 2021, but now includes the possibility of supplying 150MW of additional ‘non-firm’ energy.
At the meeting, the parties, led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of EDM, Eng. Marcelino Gildo Alberto, and Director of Transmission and Distribution of ZESA, Eng. Howard Choga, took the opportunity to discuss the possibilities of strengthening their relationship in the light of new electricity generation and transmission projects in Mozambique.
These include the Temane Thermal Power Plant Project (CTT), with 450MW of installed capacity, whose start of commercial operation is scheduled for January 2025. EDM expressed interest in a medium-long term agreement to supply energy to Zimbabwe from CTT.
Also highlighted for the future was the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Power Plant, with a projected capacity of up to 1500MW. It was noted that the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Project Implementation Office is in the process of finding a strategic investor to finance, build and operate the project, as well as reviewing the technical, economic, environmental, market and transport infrastructure aspects.
The Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Power Plant strategic partner is expected to be the majority project shareholder, in partnership with EDM and Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB).