Part of Eskom Enterprises' broad strategy is to play a significant role on the African energy scene, as well as pursuing several primary-energy projects in Mozambique.
Eskom Enterprises primary energy executive director, Solly-Moloko, says Elgas' projects in Mozambique include the $1.3- million rehabilitation of the no kV transmission line to Beira and the provision of $1.2-million-worth of infrastructure for gas distribution and electricity generation at Sao Sebastio.
The company, the unregulated subsidiary of national power utility Eskom, is pursuing the projects through Elgas SARL, a joint-venture firm established last year. Eskom Enterprises has a 25% equity stake in Elgas, while African Legend, a South African-registered company, controls 10%, with the remainder of the shareholding belonging to Mozambican groups.
Elgas is also extending the distribution network for natural gas in villages and communal kitchens on Bazaruto Island, at a cost of $271 000.
During the past year, the company completed the construction of an 86.5-km submerged gas pipeline, to link the Bazaruto archipelago to the existing gas-distribution network.
Major new projects to be undertaken include the installation of a 10 MW to 20 MW gas-fired power station at the Panderfemane gasfield, the development of an electricity-reticulation system to Vilanculos and Nova Mombane, and the Temane central gas-processing facility at a total cost of $7-million. Moloko says Elgas is conducting a feasibility study into the establishment of a $30-million 600-MW hydropower station at Massingir.
He adds that gas-distribution concessions for the five tap-off points from the main gas-transmission pipeline to South Africa are being finalised.
He stresses that primary-energy projects are an important component of Eskom Enterprises' expansion strategy into Africa.
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