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The government has selected a consortium of four companies to provide technical assistance in designing the new Mphanda Nkuwa dam in the centre of the country, an official source from the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (Mireme) revealed to Lusa today.
The hiring of the consulting service “will speed up the process of selecting the strategic partner for the development of the venture,” the source claims.
The consortium, selected through a public tender launched by Mireme in March, consists of the finance firm Synergy Consulting, engineering firm Worley Parsons and law firms Baker Mckenzie and HRA Advogados.
The consortium will work with the Mphanda Nkuwa Project Implementation Office, “providing advice of all kinds required to enable the updating of the technical studies and the selection of the strategic partner to be joined by the public utilities Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Power Station (HCB) in infrastructure development. ”
Under consideration as a source of electricity production for a number of years, the Mphanda Nkuwa dam project was relaunched in 2018 by President Filipe Nyusi, and would probably be the largest dam in Mozambique after Cahora Bassa. It will be located 60 kilometres downstream from Cahora Bassa, and also on the Zambezi River in central Mozambique, 1,500 kilometres northwest of Maputo, the country’s capital.
After relaunching the project a year ago, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Augusto de Sousa told Lusa that the Mphanda Nkuwa dam would take at least a decade to be built and start operating.Source: Lusa
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