02 September 3013, Windhoek – Power company, Aggreko in conjunction with its project partners has expanded its gas fired power plant at Gigawatt Park in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique. The extension to the facility was officially inaugurated by the Mozambique Minister of Energy, Salvador Namburete during a ceremony held on Friday at the project site. The expansion adds an additional 122 MW of capacity to the Ressano Garcia facility, bringing the total generation output from the plant to 232 MW.
The Aggreko power plant began operating in July last year as a cross-border Independent Power Producer, IPP, project. Power generated on site was supplied directly into the Southern African Power Pool, SAPP, with the first off-takers from the project being Electricidade de Moçambique, EDM, the Mozambique power utility and Eskom, the South African power utility. Following the success of the first stage of Ressano Garcia, Aggreko announced in March this year that it had signed agreements with both EDM and NamPower, the local power utility to supply an additional 122 MW from the project.
Aggreko said in a statement that since signing the agreement with NamPower and and EDM it has more than doubled the generating capacity of the plant.
“Ressano Garcia is the world’s largest cross-border interim power plant, with 232 MW of gas-fuelled power generation being utilised by three national utilities,” commented David Taylor-Smith, Regional Managing Director, Aggreko Europe Middle East and Africa.
Paulinus Shilamba, Managing Director, NamPower said: “This innovative approach to securing an effective power supply for the people of Namibia is a great example of the spirit of Southern African cooperation. This unique project will contribute to the provision of a reliable power supply across Namibia and support the continued development of the country.”