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Mozambique Set To Welcome Second Natural Gas-Fired Energy Plant Worth $166m

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IMAGE: Gildo Sibumbe, chairman of EdM »


Mozambique state owned power company, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) has contracted Japanese consortium, Tokyo Electric Power Services Co (TEPSCO) and Oriental Consultants Japan Co (Oriconsul) to construct the country’s second natural gas powered electricity generation plant worth over $166 million.

This is being done to cover power deficit faced by the southern African country and its neighbors.

Last month EDM also launched the country’s first natural gas powered electricity generation plant in Moamba district.

The electrification rate in Mozambique is approximately 12 percent, which is well below the average for Sub- Saharan Africa. The Government of Mozambique recently said is targeting 20 percent electrification by 2020, which will still fall well short of the regional average.

“The new plant, which will be built on the land where the old Maputo Thermal Power Station was located will have capacity to generate about 100 megawatts (MW) and will strengthen the supply of electricity so that more people have access to it,” said chairman of EdM, Gildo Sibumbe.

EDM, the national power utility, owns and operates the balance of transmission in Mozambique and has been working to reinforce the back-bone transmission network in Mozambique since 2003, using funding from a number of international development agencies.

Although EDM runs the national grid, it does not control all of the domestic transmission and distribution networks. Smaller regional grids are controlled by the Ministry of Energy, through district governmental bodies.

Recently Mozambique discovered some of the world’s largest natural gas reserves. The southern Africa nation is believed to have the fourth largest gas reserves in the world, behind Russia, Iran and Qatar.

Power projects worth an anticipated $12 billion are also understood to be in the pipeline as the country foresees an industry boom and new coal and gas reserves are exploited to fuel a broader capacity.

Article Credit: Ventures-africa

Updated 4 Years ago

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