MOZAMBICAN POWER PRODUCER PLANS TO EXPAND POWER STATION CAPACITY FROM 120 TO 350 MW

MAPUTO, Independent power producer Gigawatt-Mocambique plans to expand the electricity generation from its gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia, on Mozambique’s border with South Africa, from the current 120 megawatts (MW) to 350 MW.

Its director of operations, Nazario Meguigy, was uoted in media reports here as saying that an additional 60 MW of generating capacity would be added in 2018, with an investment of about 120 million US dollars.

The project to almost triple production, to 350 MW, will require a further 700 million USD, said Meguigy, during a visit to the power station by Deputy Labour Minister Osvaldo Petersburgo. Negotiations were underway with several financial institutions for funding for the proposed expansiom.

The Chief Executive Officer of Gigawatt-Mocambique, Bruno Morgado, said the company intended to transfer knowledge from foreign technical staff to Mozambican employees so that Mozambicans can guarantee the company’s production.

When the company began its operations, we drew up a plan to reduce the number of foreign workers,” said Morgado. We are in the second year of the plan and we think that within the next three years the company’s operations will be 100 per cent managed by Mozambicans.

He added that, whenever necessary, specialists will be hired to support the Mozambican workers in such sensitive questions as the maintenance of equipment. Currently the Ressano Garcia power station employs 112 workers, of whom 102 are Mozambican. We have no doubt that, within the next three years, the company will be run by Mozambican workers,” he stressed.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK