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Turkey-based Karadeniz Holding is to supply Mozambique and Zambia with 100 MW through a floating power station.

Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu launched the 100 MW floating power station in Nacala, to boost energy supply between the two countries.

This article was first published in ESI Africa

According to the chairperson of state-owned electricity company, EDM, Mateus Magala, the electricity produced by the floating power station will be injected into the national grid at the Nacala sub-station.

In February this year, a Turkish vessel containing the unit was docked at Nacala port and 110 kV cables were connected, linking the ship to two special reception pylons, 65 and 85 m tall.

Magala stated that this floating power station has been developed to ensure electricity supply for the next two years to Mozambicans while also selling energy to Zambia.

Nyusi said the floating power station is “an example of energy cooperation to the benefit of the citizens and the economies of Mozambique and Zambia.”

Nyusi noted that Mozambique’s energy supply has been growing at an average of 12% a year, which contributes considerably to the country’s GDP.

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He then highlighted that the Southern African Development Community is facing an electricity deficit of 7.9 MW at peak hours, which affords Mozambique the opportunity to become a centre for the generation and transmission of energy for the entire region as it already sells most of its energy to South Africa.

Nyusi added that bringing the floating power station into operation results from a long experience of partnership between the Mozambican and Zambian electricity companies, and the need to provide more electricity of good quality.

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