Mozambique to export 122 megawatts of electricity to Namibia

30 August 2013

Mozambique is due to export electricity produced in Ressano Garcia from natural gas extracted by South African group Sasol in Temane, Inhambane province, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

The electricity is produced at the Energy Generation Park of Mozambican company Gigawatt, located in Ressano Garcia, in the Moamba district of Maputo province, a few kilometres from the Sasol pipeline linking Temane to Secunda, in South Africa, stretching over 865 kilometres.

The park, which is operated by Scottish company Aggreko, which when it was inaugurated had a production capacity of 110 megawatts, is now being expanded to add the 122 megawatts that will be sent to Namibia.

At the ceremony to launch the expansion project, Mozambique’s Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete, noted that with a total installed capacity of 232 megawatts, Aggreko Moçambique is currently the second largest energy producer in the country (after the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Facility), and the biggest to use natural gas.

The energy produced in the first phase was provided directly to the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP), and the project’s first customers were EdM and Eskom.

The natural gas used to produce the electricity is provided by the Matola Gas Company, a Mozambican company that distributes natural gas to Maputo province, and which has a 100-kilometre gas pipeline that starts at Ressano Garcia and runs on to Sasol’s main pipeline. (macauhub)