Ncondezi Energy explores prospective for 300MW solar-storage hybrid in Mozambique

Jul 19, 2022 11:07 AM ET
  • African power business Ncondezi Energy has actually launched an expediency research for a hybrid solar-storage project set aside for Mozambique.
Ncondezi Energy explores prospective for 300MW solar-storage hybrid in Mozambique
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The feasibility research study is to evaluate the capacity for a solar project with a generation capability of up to 300MW to be coupled with a battery energy storage system (BESS) in Tete, the African nation's funding.

Ncondezi is likewise proceeding service a proposed coal-fired power station in the very same area, having actually signed a development arrangement with Chinese engineering company China Machinery Engineering Firm (CMEC) in 2019.

Led by engineering services business WSP, the research study will check out the expediency for a project to be developed within three favored sites currently identified by Ncondezi. Those places all drop within the Ncondezi mining concession, a location which covers more than 25,000 hectares with the prospective to host in excess of 5GW of solar PV.

Each site recognized by Ncondezi Energy can host around 500MW of solar PV each, nevertheless the usefulness research study will evaluate the come down on a modular style basis, examining the potential for a scaled PV development program of 30MW, 60MW, 100MW, 200MW and 300MW.

The prospective project would be placed thus to leverage "existing sophisticated stage growth work" linked to a recommended 300MW thermal nuclear power plant that, Ncondezi stated, could be "easily transitioned to the solar project".

By making use of existing prep work works, Ncondezi anticipates to not just reduce development expenses but likewise export power to Mozambique's grid quicker, with the intent being to export by 2024-- some 6 to twelve month ahead of what would have been possible.

The firm stated it expects the study to take around 4 months to complete and, according to CEO Hanno Pengilly, a resultant project is expected to attract a "broad series of capitalists".

The mooted solar project for Ncondezi comes following a year after its renewables subsidiary Ncondezi Green Power authorized a joint venture with South African EPC NESA to target C&I solar as well as energy storage markets in South Africa.

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