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Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric (HCB) will host the first meeting hydrologists of the Joint Operations Technical Committee (JOTC) of the Zambezi Basin, due in Maputo from May 23 to 25, with the aim of analysing the drought in the Zambezi Basin.
The meeting will define best practices to mitigate this scenario, analyse weather forecasts, and plan strategies for the Cahora Bassa (Mozambique), Kariba (Zimbabwe/Zambia) and Kafué Gorge (Zambia) dams for the remainder of 2018.
The 1st JOTC Hydrologists Meeting follows recommendations of the 17th JOTC Executive Meeting held in Kariba, Zimbabwe, in February 2018, and the hydrological situation of the last four years, characterised by weak rainfall throughout the southern region of Africa, and culminating in cyclical events of droughts with particular negative impact on the production of hydroelectric power.
JOTC is an international cooperation platform within SADC, comprising water management institutions and dams operating in the Zambezi Basin, which includes Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia, the purpose of which is to allow the sharing of hydrological and meteorological information in order to optimise the exploitation of reservoirs and production of power in the Zambezi basin.
This platform consists of a Technical Committee and an Executive Committee. It was created in 1999 currently has as members the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric, the Zambezi Regional Water Authority, ARA-Zambezi; the Zambezi River Authority-ZRA; Zambia Electricity Supply Company, ZESCO-Ltd; Water Resources Management Authority of Zambia, WARMA; Zimbabwe National Water Authority, ZiNWA; and Zimbabwe Power Corporation, – ZPC. The body holds ordinary meetings twice a year.Source: HCB Press Release / Distributed by Ferro e Ferro Agência de Comunicação
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