Two Mozambican power stations being converted to gas operation

9 November 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Nov – Two oil-fired power stations that supply the Mozambican capital in an emergency will be converted to use natural gas, the Noticias newspaper reported.

The pair of generating plants (one 35MW and the other 25MW) were built close to the capital during Mozambique’s civil conflict as an alternative power source for when rebels cut transmission lines.

The decision to use gas to power the two generators will allow state power utility EDM to provide cheaper power. Currently, all Mozambique’s natural gas goes to supply South Africa, noted the Noticias report.

EDM signed an accord earlier this year with state oil and gas company ENH to supply gas to the power stations to make a pipeline between Maputo and nearby Matola commercially viable and suitable to supply domestic customers.

EDM production and distribution chief Augusto de Sousa Fernando told Noticias a technical study on the two power stations is well advanced and they will be used to satisfy peak demand in Maputo.

ENH CEO Nelson Ocuane told the daily newspaper his company has around 2.5 gigajoules of gas to supply the two EDM power plants.

“At the moment we’re dealing with the project’s technical issues but we believe that if all goes well we can begin supplying gas to EDM from 2011,” said Ocuane. (macauhub)