Tycoon Kariuki to build Sh40bn Mozambique gas power plant

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Tycoon Humphrey Kariuki’s Great Lakes Africa Energy (GLAE) has entered an agreement with the Mozambique government to generate electricity using natural gas for domestic use at a cost of Sh40 billion ($400 million).

The UK-based pan-African energy solution firm develops and operates power projects in southern Africa.

The agreement signed last Friday in Maputo will see the construction of a 250 megawatt (MW) gas-fired electricity generating power plant.

The agreement follows Rovuma Basin domestic gas tender whose results were announced in January 2017 with the firm clinching a Sh37.5 billion contract.

The gas concession was the second venture into the southern Africa energy sector for GLAE, established in 2013.

Offshore gas

“As part of the Mozambique government’s intended use of natural gas for the development of domestic power projects, GLAE will develop, finance, build, own and operate a 250 MW gas-fired electric generating power plant, planned in northern Mozambique,” said director Michael Kearns.

Mozambique, which has vast offshore gas resources, has decided to use some for domestic power projects to achieve sustainable economic growth.

The businessman has interests in a large number of Kenyan enterprises, which include The Hub Mall in Karen, Africa Spirits Ltd, Dalbit Petroleum, five-star Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club and Mt Kenya Wildlife Conservancy and Animal Orphanage.

At 250 MW, GLAE Mozambican gas-fired power plant will be one of the largest conventional sources of electricity in the country.

Zambia copper belt

GLAE also owns and operates a 105 MW power plant in the Zambia’s copper belt town of Ndola, through Ndola Energy Company Ltd (NECL) under a power purchase agreement with the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO).

Phase one of the project producing 50 MW of power was completed in 2013.

In February 2017, NECL commissioned phase two adding 55 megawatt of power to the national grid.

The firm is in the process of securing additional power purchase agreements in Africa and beyond and is currently examining opportunities in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo.