Finnish group Wärtsilä to build largest thermal power station in Mozambique

17 December 2012

Finnish group Wärtsilä has signed a contract worth 138 million euros (US$180.5 million) to build the largest gas-fired power plant in Mozambique, the group said in a statement issued Friday.

Under the terms of a contract signed with the Ressano Garcia Thermal Plant, a partnership between South African petrochemical group Sasol and Mozambican power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM), Wärtsilä will also build a secondary plant and a gas pipeline to receive the natural gas.

The plant, which will be the biggest of its kind in Mozambique and the second-largest in Africa, will be supplied with natural gas extracted by the Sasol group in the Pande and Temane gas fields of Mozambique’s Inhambane province.

The Ressano Garcia power plant is due to start operating in 2014 and will receive 18 gas turbines designed and built by the Finnish group and the electricity produced will be sold to EdM.

The presence of the Wärtsilä group in Africa has been growing steadily. It has installed a total of 470 power plants on the continent which altogether produce 5,000 megawatts of electricity. (macauhub)