BILENE, MOZAMBIQUE, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has inaugurated a gas-fired power station in Macarretane in the southern province of Gaza which was built under public-private partnership (PPP) among Mozambican investors with technical and financial assistance from South African partners.

The project involved an investment of 110 million US dollars with construction commencing in 2014. The Kuvaninga power station will supply 40 megawatts (MW( of electricity to the southern grid which is run by the publicly owned electricity company, EDM.

The gas utilised by the power station comes from the Temane field in Inhambane province, which is operated by South African petrochemical giant Sasol.

At rallies held by President Nyusi during his visit to Gaza province, one of the main issues raised was the need for access to electricity.

President Nyusi had emphasised that the new power plant would also have a positive impact on the neighbouring province of Inhambane, which suffers from frequent power cuts as a result of increased consumption of electricity in recent years.

At a rally in earlier this month, President Nyusi said various projects are in the pipeline which will increase the electricity supply even further. These will include the Mapai power plant in northern Gaza.