A Turkish company, Karadeniz Holding, has demonstrated the viability of floating power stations as one of the viable solutions to the power supply crisis in the sub-Saharan Africa region.
Recently, a floating power station, which the company developed and commission, was launched at Mozambique coastal town of Nacala. The station will supply 100 MW to Zambia and Mozambique.
Electricity produced by the floating power station will be injected into the national grid at the Nacala sub-station, according to information energy news online website ESI Africa gathered from the chairperson of state-owned electricity company, EDM, Mateus Magala.
The floating power station will guarantee asteady power supply availability to Mozambique for the next two years. Some of the energy will be sold to Zambia.
Addressing a regional power crisis
SADC countries are facing a power supply crisis, with fears that this could hinder prospects for economic growth. Mozambique’s President, Felipe Nyusi, the power station, acknowledged this reality when he launched the floating power station, along with his Zambian counterpart, President Edgar Lungu.
Nyusi noted that the region was facing an electricity deficit of 7.9 MW at peak hours, while Mozambique’s energy supply had been growing at an average of 12% a year. Due to its growing capacity, he said he saw, Mozambique becoming a centre for the generation and transmission of energy for the entire region as it sold most of its energy to South Africa.