CONCESSIONS AWARDED FOR LNG IMPORTATION AND POWER GENERATION
LNG could soon be shipped and supplied into a permanently moored Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), in the Matola harbour. This could lead to additional power and gas to Southern Africa, alleviating the shortage of energy in the region.
On 23 July 2019, the Council of Ministers of Mozambique approved 2 new concessions for the gas-to-power market in Maputo, Mozambique. The power concession was awarded to Central Térmica de Beluluane (CTB), an affiliate of Gigajoule. This 25-year concession gives CTB the right to develop, construct and operate a 2 000 MW gas-fired power station which can be developed in phases. The power station is planned to be constructed in the Beluluane Industrial Park in Matola.
The second concession was awarded to the Beluluane Gas Company (BGC), an affiliate of the Matola Gas Company. This concession gives BGC the right to develop, construct and operate all gas-related infrastructure, from the Matola harbour to the 2 000 MW power station. The pipeline will also connect to the existing Matola Gas Company pipeline network, which is connected to the Rompco pipeline, feeding gas into the South African market.
Gas will be supplied from the international LNG market, until the gas liquefaction plants in Northern Mozambique are completed. The LNG will be offloaded to a permanently moored Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) in the Matola harbour.
The total end of job project value, when all phases are completed, is estimated at around USD 2.8 billion.
In 2012, Gigajoule launched a study to evaluate the economics of importing LNG into Maputo. These studies indicated that Maputo had an uncongested, well-protected harbour which requires minimal dredging and is in close proximity to the established natural gas infrastructure.] According to the study, this would be the most logical port for such an LNG project in Southern Africa.
Basic engineering and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies have shown no fatal flaws on the marine activities or the gas pipeline routes. The Beluluane Industrial Park is ideally placed for the construction of the 2 000 MW power plant, as it is adjacent to the Maputo substation and Motraco power lines.
Approvals for berthing in the Matola harbour at the Stema terminal and the land in the Beluluane Industrial Park for the construction of the power plant has been secured.