Mozambican government wants to prevent proliferation of coal-fires power plants

19 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 Aug – Future electricity generation projects based on coal-fired power stations will have to go through a harmonisation process, a source from the Ministry of Mining Resources said Tuesday in Maputo, Cited by newspaper Nótícias.

With this measure, the source added, the government plans to contain the proliferation of these types of power plant as so far 112 licenses have been issued representing 45 companies involved in coal surveying and prospecting.

In the last few years, two companies, namely Vale, the coal concession-holder for Moatize and Riversdale, which is due to explore the reserves at Benga, in the same region plan to build two coal-fired power plants in Tete, as a way of making better use of the thermal coal produced in the mining process.

The source from the ministry said that the big problem in this case is that other companies that are surveying for coal in the provinces fo Tete, Niassa and Cabo Delgado, should the find coal may put forward individual projects for construction of power plants, which could lead to a proliferation of these facilities.

“Therefore there is a need to harmonise the projects that have already been designed in order to respond in a coordinated way to what demand may be in the future,” the source said.

The two projected power plans may generate up to 2,000 megawatts of energy, 1,500 of which by Vale and 500 by the Benga plant, and will be linked to the national electricity grid. (macauhub)