Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Station

The Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Station is an operational 44 megawatts (59,000 hp) hydroelectric power project in Mozambique. The power plant, first established in 1968,[1] underwent rehabilitation and upgrades in 2017, raising its generating capacity, from 38.4 megawatts to 44 megawatts, with prolongation of its lifespan by another thirty years.[2]

Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Station
Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Mozambique
Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Station
Map of Mozambique showing the location of Chicamba Power Station
LocationChicamba, Manica Province
Coordinates19°09′21″S 33°08′42″E / 19.15583°S 33.14500°E / -19.15583; 33.14500Coordinates: 19°09′21″S 33°08′42″E / 19.15583°S 33.14500°E / -19.15583; 33.14500
Owner(s)Government of Mozambique
Operator(s)Electricidade de Mozambique
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsRevue River
Normal elevation625 m (2,051 ft)
Commission date1968 & 2017
Turbines2 x 22 MW (Francis)
Installed capacity44 MW (59,000 hp)


The power station is located at Chicamba, across the Ruvue River, in Manica Province, near the international border between Mozambique and Zimbabwe. This location is approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi), by road, south-east of the town of Manica, where the provincial capital is located.[3] Chicamba is located about 250 kilometres (155 mi), by road, northwest of the city of Beira, the nearest large city.[4] The geographical coordinates of Chicamba HPP are: 19°09'21.0"S, 33°08'42.0"E (Latitude:-19.155833; Longitude:33.145000).[5]


Chicamba Power Station (44 megawatts) and the nearby Mavuzi Hydroelectric Power Station (41 megawatts), both located in Manica Province were intended to supply electricity to the provinces of Manica and neighboring Sofala, supplemented with power obtained from the Cahora Bassa Dam.[2]

Due to their age; Chicamba HPP was commissioned in 1968 and Mavuzi HPP was established in 1957, much of the original hardware is not available on the market and maintenance was a challenge in the 21st century. For a period of 3.5 years, beginning in 2013 until February 2017, both stations underwent refurbishment and upgrades, with the contractor manufacturing new hardware to replace what could not be purchased on the open market.[2]

Refurbishment and improvementsEdit

The refurbishment contract was awarded to a consortium comprising Rainpower, a Norwegian supplier of hydroelectricity generating hardware and Cegelec, a French engineering company. Other entities included Hydrokarst, a French company that socializes in underwater inspection and installations.[6]

Construction costsEdit

The rehabilitation bill in 2017 for both Chicamba HPP and Mavuzi HPP is quoted as US$120 million (€90 million at that time).[2][6] The sources of funding are illustrated in the table below:[2]

Funding Sources for Mavuzi and Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Plants Rehabilitation
Rank Funder Amount in Euros US $ Equivalent Percentage Notes
1 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency 30.00 million 40.0 million 33.3 Loan
2 KfW 15.8 million 21.2 million 17.6 Loan
3 Agence Française de Développement (AFD) 44.2 million 58.8 million 49.1 Loan
All 90 million 120 million 100.00 Total

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rajan Gupta (21 February 2015). "Profile of Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Plant Mozambique". Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States: Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e Club of Mozambique (28 February 2017). "Mavuzi and Chicamba power stations in Manica: US$120 million rehabilitation complete". Maputo: Club of Mozambique. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  3. ^ Google (8 March 2021). "Road Distance Between Manica, Mozambique And Gimo, Mozambique" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  4. ^ Google (8 March 2021). "Road Distance Between Beira, Mozambique And Bandula, Mozambique" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  5. ^ Google (8 March 2021). "Location of Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Station, Manica Province, Mozambique" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  6. ^ a b Hyydrokarst (November 2017). "Mavuzi and Chicamba hydroelectric power plants rehabilitation" (PDF). Paris, France: Hydrokarst. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

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