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November 24, 2021

Cahora Bassa, Mozambique

By Carmen

Cahora Bassa is a 2,075MW hydro power project. It is located on Zambezi river/basin in Tete, Mozambique. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 1969 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1975.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 2,075 2,075 Active Tete, Mozambique


The project is currently owned by Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa.

Cahora Bassa underwent through rehabilitation & modernization during 2003-2007. The project generated 15,892 GWh of electricity.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 1969 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1975.

Power Purchase Agreement

Electricidade de Mocambique EP, Eskom Holdings SOC and Zesa Holdings are the power offtakers from the project.

Contractors Involved

GE Renewable Energy was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 5 units of francis turbines, each with 415MW nameplate capacity.

GE Renewable Energy supplied 5 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 480 MVA.


All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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