8 May 2008 – It has been reported that Tanzania may negotiate with Mozambique to purchase power from the Cahora Bassa dam (HCB), to deal with increasing power demand.

Tanzania’s prime minister, Mizengo Pinda met with his Mozambican counterpart, Luisa Diogo, earlier this week in Maputo, where discussions centered on political and economic issues facing both countries.

The Tanzanian prime minister said his country was facing serious problems with electricity supply but did not comment further, apart from saying Tanzania imported electricity from Zambia and was considering supplementing supplies from Mozambique.

HCB has a maximum generation capacity of 2 075MW, most of which is already committed. Currently HCB supplies 1 350MW to Eskom, 400MW to Mozambique’s own electricity distribution company, EDM, 200MW to Zimbabwe and 35 to 40MW to Botswana.