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Moz commissions first phase gas power plant

The second phase of the gas plant to generate 250MW. Pic credit: Institute for Energy Research

In southern Africa, independent power producer Gigawatt Mozambique, announced last week that it has successfully commissioned its 100MW gas-fired power station at Ressano Garcia.

This first phase follows a series of acceptance tests, which were performed to ensure, amongst other things, that the engines were running efficiently.

The second phase of the project is expected to generated 250MW and will take 36 months to come online.

Finance and procurement

The project, which commenced construction in June 2014, has a total cost estimated at $235 million.

According to a company statement: “The project will be financed on a non-recourse project finance basis, with approximately 70% of the project funded through senior debt.

“The project sponsors and other interested parties will be subscribing for all the equity in the project.

The statement added: “The project revenue will be secured by a long-term [power purchase agreement] PPA with a utility or a major industrial user within the southern African grid.”

Gigawatt Mozambique signed a PPA with the Mozambican power utility Electricidade de Moçambique, which will supply power directly to the national electricity grid.

Project specs

According to Gigawatt Mozambique, the gas is supplied through a “20 year gas supply agreement (GSA) with Matola Gas Company (MGC), underpinned by a 20 year GSA between Sasol and MGC.”

The gas plant, which has the capacity to generate enough power to electrify an estimated 250,000 households, was produced by 13 Rolls Royce engines and ABB generators, with each set weighing 140 tonnes and producing 9,300kW, Creamer Media reported.

The EPC contract was signed by a consortium including Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO), PBWorld and TSK.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.