Ressano Garcia gas-fired power plant in Mozambique to start operating in 2012

28 December 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Dec – The gas-fired power plant due to be built in Ressano Garcia, in Mozambique’s Maputo province, is expected to start operating in 2012 and generate 100 megawatts of electricity, said the chief executive of Gigawatt-Moçambique.

South African company Gigajoule owns 40 percent of Gigawatt Moçambique, and is also the foreign shareholder of the Matola Gas Company (MGC), which distributes natural gas to companies in Matola and the district of Boane, both in Maputo province, including the Mozal aluminium foundry.

The remaining shares in Gigawatt Moçambique belong to private Mozambican investors, including Intelec, with a 26-percent stake.

Power generation using Mozambique’s natural gas was first proposed by Gigawatt Moçambique in 2004, when it started construction of the gas pipeline from Ressano Garcia to Matola.

The gas pipeline and a distribution network were concluded in 2005 and industries such as Mozal and Cimentos de Moçambique were converted from using imported fuel to natural gas.

Currently around 30 industries in Matola have been converted from diesel or gasoline to natural gas.

The power plant, which will cost an initial US$150 million, will be fired by natural gas extracted at the Pande and Temane gas fields located on the coastal province of Inhambane, and the concession contract signed with the government of Mozambique has a lifetime of 25 years. (macauhub)