Mozambique to double storage capacity for butane

25 July 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 July – Mozambican state oil company, Petromoc, plans to double its storage capacity for butane gas in the south of the country, in order to meet demand in situations where there is a lack of fuel, as is currently the case, officials said.

Salvador Namburete, Mozambique’s Energy minister, said that the aim was to have a storage capacity equivalent to between 35 and 45 days of consumption.

Currently, the capacity of the Matola reserves is of between 15 and 20 days, or 700 tons of butane, with average daily consumption of around 40 tons.

According to Mozambican daily, Notícias, a working group from Petromoc has already been set up to prepare the expansion of the Matola storage facility.

This move is one of several that have been announced by the Mozambican government to deal with the problem of fuel supply currently faced by the country.

the main move, announced last week, was the launch of an international tender to contract international gas suppliers.

The tender is urgent and new suppliers are expected to be chosen within a month, according to the Energy Ministry.

The current supplier, South Africa’s Engen, which won the last international tender, has not provided the country with sufficient fuel since May.

At the same time, Petromoc plans to go ahead with construction of a natural gas distillery in Pande and Temane, a project estimated to cost US$5 million, which should be concluded by the end of 2007, according to the company. (macauhub)