Gas-Fired Power Station In Mozambique Inaugurated
The Mozambican publicly-owned electricity company EDM and the South African petro-chemical giant Sasol on Thursday laid the first stone for the construction of a new gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, on the Mozambique-South Africa border.
The Ressano Garcia Thermal Power Station (CTRG), powered by natural gas extracted by Sasol from the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane, will produce 175 megawatts of electricity.
Mozambican news agency AIM reported thet construction will cost US$250 million. The CTRG is 51 per cent owned by EDM, and 49 per cent by SASOL. The power generated will be sold in Mozambique.
Addressing the ceremony, Mozambican Energy Minister Salvador Namburete said that CTRG should begin to generate power as from May 2014.
It forms part of the government’s efforts to increase Mozambique’s generating capacity. Namburete said the country is beginning to experience a shortage of energy, which could worsen, unless new power stations come on stream.
Currently southern Mozambique is supplied with electricity via South Africa. None of the power generated by the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi goes directly to Maputo. Instead the power lines from Cahora Bassa run roughly parallel to the Zimbabwean border, and take the electricity to the Apollo sub-station in South Africa.
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