Mozambique’s electricity supply will receive a further boost in 2018 with the opening of a 110-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power station just outside the capital, Maputo.

Under a contract signed with the publicly owned electricity company, EDM, the Japanese companies Sumitomo and IHI will construct the 17 billion yen (about 150 million US dollars) plant with a loan from the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

According to a statement from Sumitomo issued here, this will be Mozambique’s first gas-fired combined cycle power plant, a technology which increases the efficiency of the generation process.

Construction will commence this year, and EDM will begin operating the facility in 2018. When operational, the power station will provide about a fifth of Mozambique’s domestic electricity requirement, excluding power needed by the MOZAL aluminium smelter.

Mozambique’s electricity generation is expanding rapidly. Last Friday, President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated a 120-MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia on the border with South Africa. This power station is owned by the Mozambican company, Gigawatt, which will sell electricity to EDM.

Meanwhile, a Turkish-built floating power station arrived last week in the northern port of Nacala. It will burn heavy fuel oil to generate 110 MW for EDM.

According to the Zitamar news service, this will supply power to the north of the country, enabling EDM to sell onto neighbouring Zambia some of the electricity it purchases from HCB, the company which operates the Cahora Bassa hydro-electric power station on the Zambezi River.

Excluding Mozal, peak electricity demand in Mozambique was 530 MW in 2010.

Source: AIM