Maputo, Mozambique — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 26 October 2011 – Latest data indicates that a new hydroelectric facility may be constructed on the Lurio river to provide adequate power for the rapidly increasing number of industrial projects being planned for the Nacala area of the Nampula province of Mozambique.
The delegate of the Office for Economic Areas with Accelerated Development (Gazeda), in Nampula, said here that the Special Economic Area of Nacala would need sources other than the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric plant to supply power to that region of Nampula province
Gazeda delegate Branquinho Nhombe said that the area would need a considerable amount of electricity due to the number of projects being set up, most of which were designed to work using electricity.
He added that preliminary studies pointed to the Lúrio River as being the one that had potential to set up a hydroelectric facility, meaning the region would no longer be solely dependent on the power produced by Cahora Bassa.
Nhombe noted that Mozambique’s electricity company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) was already working on the project, and that the environmental impact study to build the dam had been concluded.
The study, which started in 2007, covered a variety of variations to optimise use of the river in the process of generating electricity, some of which involved building a dam to regulate the flow of the river to produce 65MW of electricity.
The Lúrio River has a basin covering an estimated 60,800sq km and an average annual flow of 227 cubic meters per second. It is Mozambique’s second-largest river, stretching along some 500km from its source in Nampula province to the northeast coast where it reaches the sea.