Mozambique: Vale’s coal-fired power station in Moatize to produce 1,800 megawatts of electricity

2 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 2 June – The future thermoelectric power station of Brazilian group Vale, at the Moatize coal mine in central Mozambique will produce 1,800 megawatts of power, as of 2012, the group’s Energy director, Gleuza Josué said Monday in Maputo.

Vale is building an industrial complex to start coal mining in Moatize as of December 2010 after being awarded the concession on the mien for a 35-year period.

Speaking at a public consultation meeting on the feasibility of the project, Josué said that initially the power plant would produce 600 megawatts of energy.

Of the total power that Vale plans to produce, 57 megawatts will be used at the company’s coal mine and the remainder will be sold, said the director of Vale’s Thermoelectric Power Station.

Around 3 million tonnes of coal will be required to generate the electricity at the power station, which will be built on an area of 300 hectares.

According to figures presented by Josué, power production from Moatize coal will not cause damage to the region’s environment as “coal from Moatize has very low levels of sulphur (0.6 percent), and thus there is no possibility of “excessive air pollution.”

The Cahora Bass hydroelectric dam is also located in Tete province and has production capacity of 2,075 megawatts of power, which is not enough to meet the growing demand for power in Mozambique and particularly from South Africa. (macauhub)