• Public-Private agreement heralds one of the largest energy infrastructure projects in Mozambique in recent years
• Energy will supply the entire Nacala corridor in Northern Mozambique
• Mamadou Goumble, CEO Energy Business, JCG: “It is a historic milestone for Nacala.”
Maputo, November 4th 2021: GL Energy Moçambique today has finalised a concession agreement with the Government of Mozambique to finance and operate a 250MW LNG power plant in Nacala District, Nampula Province, northern Mozambique. The agreement was signed today in Maputo by Minster of Mineral Resources and Energy, Ernesto Max Elias Tonela and Michael Kearns, Director of GL Africa Energy.
The deal signals the start of a three-part phased investment. Initial phase will create 50MW capacity within 16 months. The second and third phases will add 200MW in total and will be completed within 24 months.
GL Energy Moçambique is the special purpose vehicle for the deal. The company, a subsidiary of GL Africa Energy, will build and operate the plant upon its completion. The terms of the project and concession agreement received requisite approval by the Mozambican Cabinet on 7 October, 2021 before being officially signed today.
The deal is structured as a 30-year Public-Private-Partnership (PPP). EDM (Electricidade de Moçambique) will hold the initial public interest of the project and will be the off-taker for the electricity generated. The project is a key pillar of the Mozambique Government’s gas monetization strategy.
Domestically, the plant will improve electricity supply in a country where approximately 40% of the population have no access to reliable source of electricity. The company also hopes this investment will support the country’s plan to turn the region into a viable trading hub. Over 300 workers will be employed during construction.
The plant’s LNG solution provides an almost instant bridge fuel throughout the next two decades, reducing reliance on more polluting HFO, diesel and coal. LNG is set to play a crucial role in the transition towards renewables for the country and the region, enabling a higher penetration of renewables into the energy mix in the long term.
Mamadou Goumble, CEO Energy Business, JCG
“We are delighted to take another step towards completing the Nacala LNG plant. It is a historic milestone for the region. Power and development go hand-in-hand, and we are so proud to play our part in supporting the communities of Nacala. This plant will ensure reliable power for tens of thousands of businesses and homes. It will change the lives and fortunes for Mozambicans.
“We’re thankful to our partners in the Government of Mozambique for backing our vision. It demonstrates the power of public and private collaboration. It is just the beginning of our long-term commitment to the country.”
*GL Africa Energy is a UK registered company that is investing in energy solutions in the Great Lakes and Southern Africa regions. The company’s objective is to invest, develop and operate strategic projects, while offering sustainable energy solutions centred on Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of its ambition, GL Africa Energy participated in Rovuma’s domestic gas international tender that was launched by the Government of Mozambique and received a proposal to build, own, and operate a 250 MW Gas Plant in Nacala, Mozambique. GL Africa Energy is part of the Janus Continental Group (JCG), an international holding company composed of business units that lead the market in the sectors of Oil, Power Generation, Construction of Infrastructures, Hospitality and Real Estate. *