Construction of the Ressano Garcia (CTRG), which will have a power generation capacity of 150 megawatts and is located in the south of Mozambique, may be concluded in May 2014, the Mozambican Energy Minister said recently.
In a statement sent to Macauhub in Maputo about a visit by Energy Minister Salvador Namburete to the facility, the Minister said he was “sure” that “in May of next year,” the thermal power plant at the boarder town of Ressano Garcia “will be generating power.”
The cost of the project, estimated at US$1.3 billion, will be borne by Mozambican power company EdM (51 percent) and South Africa’s Sasol New Energy (49 percent), and the project will make use of gas produced in Pande and Temane, in Mozambique’s Inhambane province.
Mozambique currently consumes “around 700 megawatts, and has a deficit of around 100,” and it is estimated that CTRG will cover around 20 percent of the country’s energy requirements.
When its starts operating the power plant will make it possible to channel power produced at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam to northern Mozambique, which currently reaches Maputo via South Africa. (macauhub)