The Maputo Combined Cycle Thermoelectric Plant started operations, Mozambican newspaper Noticias reported, adding that power production using natural gas will not begin until next August.
Narenda Gulabe of state-owned power company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) told the newspaper that this phase is essential for the plant to start operating in August, and that next week test for gas injection into the system would begin, which will continue until it reaches the power required for the plant to be fully operational.
“The energy to be produced in the next four days will be two to three megawatts, as only the first turbine is in operation, but from June we will be producing 106 megawatts,” Gulabe said.
The Combined Cycle Thermoelectric Plant will increase the supply of energy to the cities of Maputo and Matola. It is the first high-efficiency plant in the country and in southern Africa and will produce electricity from the natural gas produced in Pande and Temane, in the Mozambican province of Inhambane.
This project has an estimated cost of US$180 million, of which US$167 million is provided by Japan through the Japanese International Development Agency (JICA) and the remaining US$13 million will be provided by Mozambique itself.
Financing granted by Japan in the form of a loan has a repayment period of 40 years, including ten free years, with an annual interest rate of 0.01%. (macauhub)