Increased electricity produced by the huge Portuguese-built and managed Cabora Bassa
Dam as well as since 2004 the natural gas piped by the South African company, Sasol, from fields in the south of the country at Pande and Temane, further greatly swelled Mozambique's revenues.
The other big development in the region is the restructuring and upgrading of the immense Cabora Bassa dam in Mozambique, built under Portuguese colonial rule initially to distribute electricity to South Africa at preferential rates.
Mozambican and Portuguese officials have lately discussed the transfer to Mozambique of the 82% shareholding of the Hydroelectrique Cabora Bassa owned by the Portuguese government.
Malawi started frantic efforts to upgrade its power sector in 1998 when it signed a $40M accord with Mozambique to interconnect power from the Cabora Bassa
Some landmines were placed without discretion while others were planted to destroy railway lines, impede further access to water sources, disrupt all transportation networks making parts of the country still inaccessible, make unusable for generations schools and health posts, and prevent earnings through export of hydroelectricity from the Cabora Bassa
Dam in Tete province.
This electricity supply will be supplemented from the Cabora Bassa
hydropower station in Mozambique after it is recommissioned this year.
Other regional projects in the pipeline include an ECU17m loan to finance the connection of the Cabora Bassa
hydroelectric dam to the Zimbabwean grid, an ECU3.