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Floating power plant off Maputo blocked on environmental grounds

Mozambique's government told a group of wealthy donor countries that going ahead with the project as proposed would be inconsistent with Mozambique's climate commitments

One of Karpower's powerships, the 216MW Kaya Bey

A proposed floating power plant burning heavy fuel oil in Maputo Bay will be blocked by the environment ministry as it would be incompatible with Mozambique’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions, Zitamar News has learned.

Turkish company Karpower, which operates its powerships around the world — including off the Mozambican city of Nacala — proposed to install a powership off Matola, with a generating capacity of 415MW. The proposal was for the plant to be powered by heavy fuel oil (HFO) for at least three years, switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG) after gas production kicks off in Mozambique. The project has been opposed by a vocal campaign pointing to potential environmental damage from the plant, in particular damage to the air quality in Matola and Maputo.

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