Ncondezi Energy Group suspends construction of solar plant in Mozambique

15 April 2020

The development of a project for production and storage of solar energy in Mozambique for a commercial and industrial customer has been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ncondezi Energy said in a market statement.

The group mentioned the current restriction of movements, as well as the inability of the client to ensure access to the site where the solar plant will be built, as reasons for suspending the project.

The statement added that if these restrictions are lifted by the end of May it is still possible to guarantee the date stipulated in the contract for the delivery of the project, or the second quarter of 2020.

The group’s Chief Executive, Hanno Pengilly, said in the statement that the construction of the thermoelectric plant in Tete continues to move ahead, and later this month a statement should be issued with updates on this project.

The group announced in October 2019 it had formed a partnership with the GridX Africa Development, which specialises in solar projects in Africa, going to invest US$1.1 million in a vehicle company called AssetCo GridX Africa to finance the initial project.

The first contract, which has now been suspended, is for a photovoltaic plant with capacity to produce 400 kilowatts of electricity, connected to a storage unit with a capacity of 228 kilowatts. (macauhub)