Maputo — Mozambique plans to export 122 megawatts of electricity to Namibia, from a gas fired power station at Ressano Garcia, on the border with South Africa.
The power source is natural gas, extracted from Temane, in Inhambane province, by the South Africa petro- chemical giant, Sasol.
The Ressano Garcia electricity generation park is operated by the British company Aggreko. The first phase of the project, inaugurated in 2012, had a generation capacity of 110 megawatts. Now the power station has increased its capacity by a further 122 megawatts to meet a request from Namibia. The total generating capacity has now reached 232 megawatts.
Under this agreement, the Aggreko power will reach Namibia on transmission lines owned by the Mozambican and South African electricity companies, EDM and ESKOM respectively. The distance involved is 1,500 kilometres.
Aggreko has now become the second largest electricity producer in Mozambique, beaten only by Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), the company which operates the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi river.