South Africa’s Eskom interested in new projects with Mozambican power company EdM

20 July 2012

South African state power company Eskom plans to get involved in more cross-border projects for electricity generation with Mozambican state power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM), said Brian Dames, the chairman of the South African company.

During the inauguration Wednesday of the natural gas-fired power station in Ressano Garcia, built by Scottish company Aggreko in a partnership with South African group Shanduka, Dames said Eskom’s priority was to increase regional cooperation and expand into Southern African countries.

The chairman of Eskom noted that the company intended to be involved in all stages of the projects, not just to purchase electricity, as is the case in Mozambique.

The power produced at the new Ressano Garcia plant will be split between the two power companies. Eskom will take on 92.5 megawatts and EdM will keep 15 megawatts over the next few years.

Construction of the new plant, which cost US$80 million, began in February of this year, and EdM will now have 384 megawatts of power to supply the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, and Inhambane.

This is the first of several plants planned for the area, including one that will also be built in Ressano Garcia by South African group Sasol and another in Chokwé.

With production capacities of 160 megawatts and 40 megawatts, respectively, the two new power plants are expected to start operating in 2014. (macauhub)