Namibia to start receiving electricity produced in Mozambique

14 June 2013

Namibia is due to start receiving electricity produced in Mozambique at Parque Gigawatt in Ressano Garcia generated from natural gas from the Pande and Temane gas fields, in Inhambane province, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

The agreement to supply electricity to Namibia was signed in March by the power companies from Mozambique (EdM) and Namibia (NamPower) and Aggreko, the Scottish power production group that operates in at least 100 countries.

Figures provided by Aggreko showed that, based on the agreement, the 122 megawatts of installed capacity at the Ressano Garcia park will be split between the two operators, with 32 megawatts going to EdM and 90 megawatts to NamPower.

The Ressano Garcia park was built by Aggreko in 2012 as part of an ambitious project to become the first power generation facility to supply cross-border markets in southern Africa.

In the first phase of the project, which was inaugurated in July 2012, Aggreko started supplying EdM with power to meet domestic demand, as well as selling some of the power produced to neighbouring South Africa’s power company Eskom.

According to Aggreko, both EdM and Eskom will have a role to play in power transmission to Namibia, as EdM’s grid will be used to send the electricity to the South African border and Eskom’s grid will then pass it on to Namibia.

The natural gas used at the project is supplied by the Matola Gas Company through an existing supply system in Ressano Garcia, via a sub-contract to Gigawatt Mozambique.

The total cost of the project is estimated at over US$200 million according to the Scottish group. (macauhub)