June 2014 (Chowke, Mozambique) –
Originally Published in Macao Magazine
British group Clarke Energy will supply 10 gas-fired turbines to the power plant being built by US company Enventure Partners in Chokwé, in Mozambique’s Gaza province, the Liverpool-based group said in Liverpool.
Under the terms of the agreement, the group’s South African subsidiary will also provide some maintenance services, based on the fact that the group is the authorised distributor of the Jenbacher turbines of US group General Electric in Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana.
Delivery of the turbines is scheduled for the third quarter of 2014.
The natural gas-fired power plant, called Kuvaninga, is one of the US company’s projects carried out in partnership with South Africa’s Investec Bank.
Clarke Energy is a private company specialising in the sale, installation and maintenance of thermal power plants that use gas turbines.
Kuvaninga Featured on Mozambique National News
The finalizing for the construction of a natural gas power generation facility in Chokwe, in the province of Gaza, has begun. The 40 MW plant is an initiative by Kuvaninga Energia, which has just executed the concession agreement with the Ministry of Energy.
(Voiceover) The signing of the electricity production and purchase contract via natural gas was authorized under the strategic use plan by the government for gas coming from the Temane fields. The plant, being installed in Chokwe, will have an installed capacity of 40 MW. The plant will cost $98.6 million dollars, of which, $10 million will be required for the transmission line and Lionde substation upgrade.
To achieve the project, the government of Mozambique provided a concession to royalty gas from Temane.
“With the signing of this contracting, KDM is pleased to announce that we will be able to proceed with this project and will soon be able to bring tangible results so that our country may too benefit from a project (Temane gas field exploration) of this nature. We recognize that the energy from our plant is but a small part of the national power grid but hope it will be a positive contribution to EDMs efforts.”
–Safura Conceicao, Director of KDM
“I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the partners of this project, the investors, and especially Kuvaninga and its partners for the effort and perseverance demonstrated through many moments of great uncertainty and difficulties that could have resulted in the collapse of the project. But they did not give up and that effort is what allows us to be where we are today. After this milestone we will move on to the financial close and mobilization to begin construction.”
-Ex. Salvadore Namburete, Minister of Energy for Mozambique
EDM will be the only client of the project via a separate agreement between the two parties. Through this contract, the government will provide gas to the power plant to generate the 40 MW. It is expected that commercial operation of the plant will begin in December 2014.
August 1, 2013 (Maputo, Mozambique) – Enventure’s local partners on the 40 MW Kuvaninga Power Project, KDM, celebrated the execution of the project’s concession agreement at the headquarters of Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) on Thursday Afternoon together with the ministry of energy officials. The concession agreement, which is the license granting the Enventure/Investec/KDM consortium the right to produce power, is the final governmental approval of this historic project. Within two weeks a notice-to-proceed will be issued and the project will begin it’s a construction schedule that will see the plant come online in the fourth quarter of 2014. Representing Enventure and our partners at the ceremony were (from right to left): Chivambo Mamadhussen, Pedro Manjate, Rui Gonzalez, & Safura Conceicao. Also attending the ceremony were the Minister of Energy for Mozambique Salvadore Namburete, and the Director of EDM, Mr. Augusto de Sousa.
On behalf of Enventure and Investec, the Directors of KDM met with Mozambique’s Minister of Energy Salvadore Namburete (second from left) and Augusto de Sousa (first from left) to celebrate the execution of the Kuvaninga Power Project’s concession agreement. Pictured from right to left: Chivambo Mamadhussen, Pedro Manjate, Rui Gonzalez & Safura Conceicao.
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President Donald Ramotar of Guyana and Ministers from the Public Works Department of Guayana, made site visits to the access road that will be completed in June 2013 as the first milestone in the construction of the 154MW Amaila Falls Hydroelectric project. The Amaila Falls site, roughly 300km from Georgetown, will become the home to a project that will supply nearly all of the capacity used in Guyana, a country of 750,000. Enventure supported Synergy Holdings in the development of Amaila Falls, leading negotiation for the PPA executed with Guyana Power & Light. The project, now being developed by Sithe Global Energy, has an executed EPC contract with China Rail and will require roughly 4 years to construct.
Enventure Partners’ Carlos Pinto spoke with Samantha Loring of ABN Digital regarding power generation in Southern Africa and recent developments in Mozambique’s energy sector. The context of the interview was the 40MW Kuvaninga power plant which will begin construction in Q1 of 2013. More than 80% of people in Mozambique are not connected to the grid, and access to electricity will be critical for reducing poverty as the country develops its abundant natural resources.
On September 12, 2012, Sithe Global CEO Bruce Wroebel signed a $506 million EPC agreement with China Railway First Group, a significant step forward for the 154MW Amaila Falls Hydro Project scheduled to begin construction in mid-2013. The contract represents the largest infrastructure project ever located in the country of Guyana, a country of 750,000 people. Once completed, the Amaila Falls Project will almost completely eradicate Guyana’s dependence on diesel and HFO and its expansion could ultimately see Guyana become a net exporter of energy.
The November issue of Power Engineering Magazine, one of the industry’s most respected publications, features an article by Enventure Partners’ Director of Engineering Conrad Anderson. The four-page article, Siting Gas-Fired Power Plants, explores site selection and development along the critical path from project conception through construction. The article’s publication coincided with the annual Powergen conference, held in November 2011 in Las Vegas, which Mr. Anderson attended in support of the article. A recognized expert in gas-fired IPP projects, in addition to his articles Conrad has also given numerous energy lectures at prestigious universities domestically and abroad.
Siting Gas-Fired Power Plants by Conrad Anderson