Johannesburg, South Africa | – South African energy and chemical company Sasol Ltd and Mozambican state power utility, Electridade de Mozambique (EDM) on Thursday inaugurated Mozambique’s first permanent large-scale gas-to-power facility in Ressano Garcia, which is on the border between Mozambique and South Africa.
Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG) power plant is a partnership between EDM (51%) and Sasol (49%).
Natural gas will be supplied to the new power plant from the Sasol-operated central processing facility (CPF) in Temane in the Inhambane province, Sasol said in a statement.
Together with its partners, Sasol has made capital investments of about $3 billion, which includes development and expansion of the CPF and natural gas fields in Southern Mozambique, the construction of a cross-border pipeline, and the completion of the CTRG gas-to-power project.
The 175MW gas-fired power plant will supply electricity to more than two million Mozambicans – this equates to 23% of the country’s current demand, Sasol said.
Opening of the CTRG power facility comes as Sasol celebrates its 10th anniversary of developing the Temane and Pande stranded gas fields in Mozambique.
The gas-fired power plant is expected to reach beneficial operation in October this year.