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A natural gas-powered electricity generation plant Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG) has been inaugurated in Mozambique’s Moamba district at Maputo district to tackle load shedding in the region
The construction of the US$250mn facility began in 2012 and the contract was overseen by South African energy group Sasol and Mozambique state-owned Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM).
According to Ventures Africa report, the facility will shrink the power deficit faced in the southern African country and its neighbouring nations.
The CTRG power plant is reportedly Mozambique’s first permanent large-scale gas-to-power facility in Ressano Garcia, which is on the border between Mozambique and South Africa.
Augusto Fernando, chairman of EdM, said, “In recent years, the province of Maputo have had a deficit of around 150MW. So with the launch of the plant power deficit in the region has been fully overcome.”
The CTRG natural gas power plant has an electricity generation capacity of 180MW.
According to local reports, the southern African nation has been hit by constant power cuts in the past months but it’s energy industry remains an attractive sector for foreign investors as Mozambique has become one of the most promising countries in Africa in terms of natural gas and coal resources.
The country’s Tete Province is estimated to hold large untapped coal reserves of 25bn short tonnes, according to the International Energy Agency.