Clarke Energy is supplying 10 of GE’s J624 natural gas engines for a 40 MW independent power production facility near the town of Chokwé, in the southern Mozambique province of Gaza. The order from energy company Kuvaninga Energia is the first Jenbacher order for Clarke Energy in Mozambique, the company being GE’s Jenbacher gas engine distributor for that country since 2013.
The engines are scheduled for delivery for the third quarter of 2014. Clarke Energy also will provide preventive maintenance services to maintain the facility’s optimal availability.
Mozambique has an electricity grid with two separate, regional networks. The Kuvaninga Energia on-site power plant’s Jenbacher units will generate needed electricity for Mozambique’s southern grid. The power plant will be operated by ADC Projects.
Mozambique is ideally positioned to utilise natural gas for power generation because the country has the second largest gas reserves in Africa. The gas fields are being developed at an increasing rate by various multinational oil and gas companies.
Kuvaninga Energia represents one of the first major gas-fuelled power projects in Mozambique. The project will utilise domestically-produced gas from Mozambique to help generate more reliable electricity supplies for the southern grid and help encourage economic growth.
“The Kuvaninga Energia project with Clarke Energy illustrates the growing demand for distributed power technologies that support the local energy security, economic development and healthcare needs of developing countries in Africa and throughout the world,” Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE’s distributed power business says.
Clarke Energy is the authorised distributor and service provider for GE’s Jenbacher gas engines in Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. The announcement comes just days after GE launched its Distributed Power business in Africa on June 10, 2014, in Lagos.