Mavuzi Hydroelectric Power Station

The Mavuzi Hydroelectric Power Station is an operational 41 megawatts (55,000 hp) hydroelectric power project in Mozambique. The power plant, first established in 1957,[1] underwent upgrades and rehabilitation in 2017, adjusting its generating capacity, from 52 megawatts to 41 megawatts, with prolongation of its lifespan by another thirty years.[2]

Mavuzi Hydroelectric Power Station
Mavuzi Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Mozambique
Mavuzi Hydroelectric Power Station
Map of Mozambique showing the location of Mavuzi Power Station
LocationMaria, Manica Province
Coordinates19°31′34″S 33°29′35″E / 19.52611°S 33.49306°E / -19.52611; 33.49306Coordinates: 19°31′34″S 33°29′35″E / 19.52611°S 33.49306°E / -19.52611; 33.49306
Owner(s)Government of Mozambique
Operator(s)Electricidade de Mozambique
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsRevue River
Normal elevation160 m (520 ft)
Commission date1957 & 2017
Turbines5 (Francis)
Installed capacity41 MW (55,000 hp)


The power station is located near the villages of Maria and Costina, in Manica Province, along the Revue River, downstream of the Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Station. This location is approximately 132 kilometres (82 mi), by road, south-east of the town of Manica, where the provincial capital is located.[3] Costina is located about 64 kilometres (40 mi), by road, south of the city of Chimoio, the largest city in Manica Province.[4] The geographical coordinates of Mavuzi HPP are: 19°31'34.0"S, 33°29'35.0"E (Latitude:-19.526111, Longitude:33.493056).[5]


Mavuzi Hydroelectric Power Station (41 megawatts), together with nearby Chicamba Hydroelectric Power Station (44 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; Mavuzi HPP was commissioned in 1957, and Chicamba HPP was established in 1968, many replacement parts are not available on the market anymore 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 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 and Mavuzi HPP and Chicamba 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 Mavuzi Hydroelectric Power Plant Mozambique". Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States: Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 9 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 9 March 2021.
  3. ^ Google (9 March 2021). "Road Distance Between Manica, Mozambique And Costina, Mozambique" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  4. ^ Google (9 March 2021). "Road Distance Between Chimoio, Mozambique And Costina, Mozambique" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  5. ^ Google (9 March 2021). "Location of Mavuzi Hydroelectric Power Station, Manica Province, Mozambique" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  6. ^ a b Hyydrokarst (November 2017). "Mavuzi and Chicamba hydroelectric power plants rehabilitation" (PDF). Paris, France: Hydrokarst. Retrieved 9 March 2021.

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