"Although the Cabora Bassa
Basin possess all the elements for a working petroleum system, a discovery can only be confirmed through drilling of an exploration well."
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.
Other quirks of the book include Ryan's use of colonial place names without giving their modern equivalent or location -- who but an expert would know where Kebrabasa (Cabora Bassa
, Mozambique) or Mashonaland (Zimbabwe) are?
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.
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 ECU3.4m project for the construction of the Lobatse abattoir in Botswana, an infrastructure project in Windhoek, Namibia, requiring between ECU5m and 7m and an ECU5m project for the construction of a Novotel hotel in Dar es-Salaam.