Mozambique plans US$250 million gas-fired power plant

Mozambique power plant-RickNoordhuizen flickrThe project is a partnership between Mozambican electricity company EDM and South Africa’s Sasol’s New Energy. (Image source: Rick Noordhuizen/Flickr) Mozambique has announced plans to build a gas-fired power station capable of generating 150MW of energy at a cost of US$250mn by May 2014 to help meet domestic demands for energy

Salvador Namburete, Mozambique’s energy minister, said, “This power station will be installed at Ressano Garcia, on the border between Mozambique and South Africa.”

The project is a partnership between the Mozambican electricity company EDM, with 51 per cent stake, and South Africa’s Sasol New Energy with 49 per cent.

“The project seeks to increase the capacity to supply electricity to meet the growing demand. Currently, we face a deficit of 100MW, particularly in the south of the country,” Namburete added.

According to Augusto de Sousa Fernando, chairperson of EDM, Mozambique’s current consumption stands at 700MW.

“Only 600MW is generated in Mozambique and EDM imports the rest from South Africa.”

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