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November 23, 2021

Cahora Bassa North, Mozambique

By Carmen

Cahora Bassa North is a 2,075MW hydro power project. It is planned on Zambezi river/basin in Tete, Mozambique. The project is currently in permitting stage. It will be developed in single phase. Post completion of the construction, the project is expected to get commissioned in 2025.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 2,075 2,075 Permitting Tete, Mozambique Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa


The project is being developed by Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa and is currently owned by State Grid Corporation of China with a stake of 7.5%.

The project is expected to generate 2,983 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $800m.

The hydro power project consists of 5 turbines, each with 415MW nameplate capacity.

Development Status

Post completion of the construction, the project is expected to get commissioned in 2025.

Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project will be sold to Zesa Holdings under a power purchase agreement.

About Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa

Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa SA (Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa) is a renewable energy company that operates hydropower plants for hydroelectricity generation, transmission and distribution. The company operates various infrastructures including the Cahora Bassa Dam, the South Bank, the Songo Converter Substation, the HVDC Transmission Lines, the HVAC Transmission lines and the Matambo Substation for hydroelectric generation. It also provides engineering services which include mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, civil, environmental, chemical, and others. The company is an Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Southern Africa, provides hydroelectric power to Mozambique and the Southern African Development Community. It operates in Mozambique and Portugal. Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa is headquartered in Songo, Tete, Mozambique.


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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