The German multinational Siemens has revived electricity generation in the central Mozambican port of Beira, by rehabilitating a gas turbine that had been out of operation for more than five years.
According to a press release from the German company, Siemens has signed a contract with the publicly owned Mozambican electricity company, EDM, which envisages modernization of the Beira power plant, preventive maintenance of the turbine and auxiliary equipment, and a new fire fighting system.
Siemens has also provided training for the EDM staff operating the Beira power station. The purpose of these investments is to make the Beira station fully operational again.
The station, owned by EDM, runs on a diesel-fired Siemens gas turbine. The turbine was used as a back up, but had been out of order since 2010.
Most of the electricity for Beira comes from the Chicamba and Mavuzi dams on the Revue river in Manica province. But since EDM has been undertaking full rehabilitation of these two hydroelectric power stations, it wanted to return the gas turbine to full working order to guarantee that power would be available to meet Beira’s needs.
The Siemens release said the company “has been an active partner of EDM in modernising its transmission and distribution network, and more recently through the supply if transformers to the Matola sub-station, and an innovative mobile sub-station for Matambo (in Tete province)”.
Siemens added that it has a “comprehensive agreement” with the Mozambican government with the main purpose of “guaranteeing a safe, accessible and sustainable energy future for Mozambique, and to strengthen the base for subsequent expansion of the economy and of employment”.
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