Mozambique’s Ministry of Coordination for Environmental Action has approved the environmental and social impact studies submitted by Ncondezi Energy regarding construction of a coal-fired thermal plant, the British company announced on Monday.
The plant with a start-up output of 300 megawatts will be built in the Moatize district in Tete province, relatively close to open-pit mines operated by the Ango-Australian Rio Tinto and the Brazilian Vale groups.
Ncondezi Energy must now deliver an environmental authorisation request to build the plant and will also have to submit environmental and social impact studies to build the power lines. These documents should be delivered to the ministry in the first quarter of 2014.
The company plans to focus its activity in Mozambique on producing electric power, using coal extracted from the mine to feed the plant. It is therefore not dependent on any logistical network.
The respective mine will be an open-pit operation producing 1.3 million tons per year. It should begin operating in the second half of 2016 and will store coal for the thermal plant, which is expected to begin operating in the second half of 2017. (macauhub)