Mozambique’s government has given the go ahead for the construction of the 600 MW coal-fired power plant in Moatize in the western province of Tete.

The $ 1billion project will be run by Acwa Power Moatize Termoelectrica SA, a consortium whose main shareholders are Acwa Power of Saudi Arabia, Vale of Brazil and Mitsui of Japan. There are two Mozambican minority shareholders – the Whatana Investment Group and the publicly-owned electricity company EDM.
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The power plant will be built at the mouth of the opencast coal mine operated by Vale in Moatize.

The project will be built in two phases. The first phase will generate 300 MW with about 200 – 250 MW to be used by Vale itself to run its mining operations, while EDM will take the remaining power, adding it to the national electricity grid.

The addition of the plant will increase the energy capacity of the country from its current 2000 MW extent. Most electricity is currently generated by the Cahora Bassa hydro-electric dam on the Zambezi River.

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