Mozambique President inaugurates 120 MW gas-fired power station

19th February 2016 By: Anine Kilian - Contributing Editor Online

Mozambique President inaugurates 120 MW gas-fired power station

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi
Photo by: Reuters

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi on Friday inaugurated the 120 MW Gigawatt Park gas-fired power station, in Ressano Garcia.

The project, which took 18 months to complete, was developed by South African investment group and majority shareholder in the project Gigajoule International.

CEO Johan de Vos told Engineering News Online that the plant had an installed capacity of about 120 MW. The plant’s 13 generators of 9.3 MW each were manufactured by multinational corporation ABB and powered by Rolls-Royce engines.

Gigawatt chairperson Castigo Langa added that the electricity generated by the power station was supplied to power utility Electricidade de Moçambique under a long-term power purchase agreement, both for use within Mozambique, as well as for sale to the regional Southern African Power Pool network.

“The capacity of this power station represents about 24% of the needs of southern Mozambique, excluding that of the MOZAL aluminium smelter. Without a doubt, this is a noteworthy contribution to reducing the country’s energy deficit,” he said.

Matola Gas Company supplied the natural gas to power the Gigawatt Park plant from a pipeline that branched off the main pipeline from Pande, Mozambique, to South Africa.

About $200-million was invested in developing the project. The turnkey contract was implemented by a consortium comprising engineering firms WBHO and PB Power and solar thermal power company TSK as the main subcontractor.

“Since there is insufficient gas available to sustain a long-term contract of this order of magnitude, we have subcontracted Aggreko to produce energy using power stations that can be dismantled to satisfy short-term commercial agreements of between two and four years,” Castiga noted.

He stated that Gigawatt remained committed to seeking better paths for expanding the capacity of the power station until it reached what was set out in its concession licence.

“The concession that was awarded to Gigawatt was 350 MW and we have secured additional gas to increase the plant’s capacity by another 40 MW,” he said.