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South Africa: more power from Cahora Bassa

Africa’s biggest power utility, Eskom, on Wednesday confirmed that it could now import up to 1 500 MW from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydroelectric power station, after it signed a five-year agreement for an additional 250 MW.
However, spokesperson for the struggling State-owned company Andrew Etzinger noted that this extra power would not be on a continuous basis.

The power would come from the power station’s fifth generator, from which the Mozambican electricity utility would also receive 50 MW of additional capacity.

This generator had previously been used to ensure continuous supply when the other generator units went on maintenance.

Eskom said that 100 MW of this additional capacity was already being supplied from Friday, and that this would be ramped up “in the coming weeks”.

The power would be supplied over a network extending through Zimbabwe and Botswana to the South African grid or via the high-voltage, direct-current line to the Apollo substation.


Additional information: More info at EngineeringNews
News date: 09/04/2008

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