Ressano Garcia power plant in Mozambique to open Wednesday

17 July 2012

The natural gas-fired power plant built by Glasgow-based company Aggreko, and located on the border between Mozambique and South Africa, is due to be inaugurated Wednesday, Mozambique’s Energy Minister said, cited by Mozambican newspaper O País.

“This is the first and largest natural gas-fired power plant in the country and it will be a way of maximising the use of natural gas in Mozambique, said Minister Salvador Namburete, speaking to TV station Televisão de Moçambique.

The power plant, located in Ressano Garcia in the Moamba district of Maputo province, will provide Mozambique and South Africa with 107 megawatts of electricity and the respective power purchase agreements (PPAs) have already been signed with South Africa’s Eskom and state Mozambican power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM).

Production from the plant will be split into 15 megawatts for EdM and 92 megawatts for Eskom.

The option to build the facility in Ressano Garcia was strategic as the pipeline carrying natural gas extracted in Pande and Temane, in Inhambane province, by South African group Sasol, passes nearby. (macauhub)