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Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 10 April, 2008 – In a development which will hopefully ease the demand pressures it is experiencing, state-owned power utility Eskom Holdings Ltd (Eskom) has concluded a five-year agreement to receive an additional 250MW of power from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa hydro-electric power station.

In a media release issued here, Eskom revealed that the agreement was signed in Mozambique earlier this month.

In terms of the agreement, Cahora Bassa will make 250MW available to Eskom from its fifth generator, bringing the total amount Eskom can import from Cahora Bassa to 1 500MW.The Mozambican electricity utility EDM will also receive 50MW of additional capacity from the fifth generator at Cahora Bassa.

This new capacity for Eskom is in addition to the current long-standing agreement between Cahora Bassa and Eskom, the media release states. It adds that 100MW of the additional capacity has already been supplied since last Friday, and this will be ramped up to the full 250MW in the coming weeks.

The power will be supplied over a network extending through Zimbabwe and Botswana to the South African grid, or via the HVDC line to Apollo.