Mozambique’s state energy utility EDM and Turkish floating power plant manufacturer Karpower are planning to install a 415MW floating power plant in Matola, near the capital, Maputo.
The plan is for the plant to be powered by heavy fuel oil (HFO) for at least three years, switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG) after gas production kicks off in Mozambique. The project will include construction of a 4km transmission line connecting the power plant to the Matola substation.
This will be the second joint-venture between EDM and Karpower, who also operate a 110MW floating power plant in Nacala, Nampula province, which has been in operation since 2016, running off heavy fuel oil. Karpower announced plans in 2019 for this plant to switch to LNG, but this has so far not materialised.
An environmental pre-feasibility study for the Matola plant has been released, meaning the project can now proceed with an environmental assessment. Mobilising the power plant and building the associated on-land structures will take around five to six months, however a starting date has not been disclosed yet.
According to the study, the project will generate around 120 jobs, of which 30 will go to foreign workers. Environmental concerns highlighted at this stage include impact on mangroves and loss of water and air quality.
In 2021, Karpower had environmental permits denied for three floating power plants in South Africa, which were planned to be anchored at the ports of Richards Bay, Ngqura (Coega), and Saldanha. The company is now appealing those decisions.
Maputo is set to be home to another gas-fired power project, the 2,000MW Beluluane thermal plant (CTB), planned for the Beluluane Industrial Complex. Construction is scheduled to start next year and energy produced at CTB will be sold to EDM and the regional Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP).
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