Mozambique will have three more natural gas-fired power plants

25 July 2012

Three new natural gas-fired power plants are expected to start operating by 2014 in the Mozambican regions of Ressano Garcia, in Maputo province, and in Chokwé, in Gaza province, generating around 400 megawatts of electricity, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Some of the electricity produced by the three natural gas-fired plants will be injected into the national grid of Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM), but the remainder will feed Countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) which, like Mozambique, are facing a higher demand for electricity than available supply.

The three plants will join another one that was inaugurated last week in Ressano Garcia, which is fired by the natural gas produced in Pande and Temane, in Inhambane province.

The new plant, which was built by Scottish company Agrekko, generates 107 megawatts of power, 15 of which are used by EdM and the remaining 92 megawatts are sent to the power grid of South African electricity company Eskom.

One of the two new power plants to be established in the Ressano Garcia region will have a capacity of 160 megawatts and be built as part of a partnership between EdM and South African petrochemical group Sasol.

The second, with a capacity of 200 megawatts, will be an investment by Mozambican company Gigawatt.

Lastly, the plant due to be built in Chokwé, known as the Kuvaninga Energia Project, is a project of US company Enventure Partners carried out in partnership with South African investment bank, Investec Bank, and is expected to start operating in the final quarter of 2013. (macauhub)