Mocuba Solar Power Station

Mocuba Solar Power Station, is an operational 40 megawatt solar power plant in Mozambique. The public–private partnership project, sells the energy produced to the national electric utility, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), under a 25-year power purchase agreement.[1][2]

Mocuba Solar Power Station
CountryMozambique
LocationMocuba, Mocuba District, Zambezia Province
Coordinates16°49′22″S 37°02′05″E / 16.82278°S 37.03472°E / -16.82278; 37.03472Coordinates: 16°49′22″S 37°02′05″E / 16.82278°S 37.03472°E / -16.82278; 37.03472
StatusOperational
Construction beganJune 2018
Commission dateAugust 2019
Construction costUS$76 million
Owner(s)Mocuba Solar Energy Consortium
Operator(s)Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM)
Solar farm
TypeFlat-panel PV
Power generation
Nameplate capacity40 MW
Annual net output79 GWh

LocationEdit

The power station sits on 200 hectares (490 acres) of land with the solar panels occupying 170 hectares (420 acres).[1][2] The development is located in the municipality of Mocuba, in Zambezia Province, in the central coastal region of Mozambique. This is approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi), north of the city of Quelimane, where the provincial headquarters are located.[3] Mocuba is located about 1,975 kilometres (1,227 mi), by road, northeast of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique.[4] The geographical coordinates of Mocuba Solar Power Station are: 16°49'22.0"S, 37°02'05.0"E (Latitude:-16.822778; Longitude:37.034722).[5]

OverviewEdit

The power station was developed by a consortium, the Mocuba Solar Energy Consortium, comprising (a) Scatec Solar, a Norwegian independent solar power producer (b) the Mozambican electricity utility company Electricidade de Moçambique and (c) KLP Norfund Investments, a subsidiary of Norfund. The power station produces 40 megawatts of electricity, which EDM will purchase for 25 years from the date of commissioning, according to an agreement signed between the owners of the power station and the Government of Mozambique.[6]

OwnershipEdit

Mocuba Solar Power Station is owned by the entity that developed it, Mocuba Solar Energy Consortium. The table below illustrates the shareholding within the consortium:[7][8]

Mocuba Solar Energy Consortium Stock Ownership
Rank Name of Owner Domicile Percentage Ownership
1 Scatec Solar Norway
52.5
2 Electricidade de Mozambique Mozambique
25.0
3 KLP Norfund Investments Norway
22.5
Total
100.00

TimelineEdit

Construction began in June 2018 and was completed in July 2019. Commercial commissioning was effected in August 2019.[1][8]

FundingEdit

The funds used to construct this power station, whose cost price is reported as US$76 million, were borrowed from (a) the World Bank Group and (b) the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.[1][2]

Other considerationsEdit

During the construction phase, this project created 1,209 jobs, with 1,052 of them being local. The solar power plant is expected to save the country approximately 79,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Jean Marie Takouleu (14 August 2019). "Mozambique: Scatec Solar and partners successfully connect Mocuba power plant". Paris, France: Afrik21.africa. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Razaq Balogun (26 August 2019). "Mozambique inaugurates 40MW Mocuba solar power plant". Nairobi: Construction Review Online. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  3. ^ Google (14 December 2020). "Road Distance Between Mocuba, Mozambique And Quelimane, Mozambique" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  4. ^ Google (14 December 2020). "Road Distance Between Mocuba, Mozambique And Maputo, Mozambique" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  5. ^ Google (14 December 2020). "Location of Mocuba Solar Power Station" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b Norfund (August 2019). "Mozambique's First Large-Scale Solar Power Plant". Oslo: Norfund. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  7. ^ Scatec Solar (14 August 2019). "Inauguration of the 40 MW Mocuba solar power plant". Oslo, Norway: Scatec Solar. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  8. ^ a b Macauhub (8 August 2020). "Mocuba Solar Power Station in Mozambique opens on 10 August 2019". Macau: Macauhub. Retrieved 14 December 2020.

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