Eight contractors bidding to upgrade Matola fuel terminal in Mozambique

7 August 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Aug – Eight construction firms, including three from Mozambique, have submitted proposals in an international tender for the refurbishment and enlargement of the Matola fuel terminal near Maputo, media have reported.

Joaquim Zucule, executive-director of the CFM-sul state rail operator, told Noticias newspaper this week that 13 companies had requested specifications for the Matola project in a prequalification stage and eight have presented proposals. In addition to the three Mozambican firms bidding for the contract, another national company is tendering a proposal in partnership with a South African contractor, he added.

The project is aimed to boost the handling capacity of the Matola terminal to improve supplies of fuel to the south of Mozambique.

The South African government recently gave the go ahead for the building of a fuel pipeline connecting the Matola terminal with the regions of Mpumalamga and Witbank in the neighboring state to ease shortages of oil-derivatives in South Africa.

Matola can currently handle 1 million tons of fuel per year and the upgrading of the terminal is expected to boost this capacity to 5 million tons.

The project to build an oil pipeline from Matola to South Africa is a joint venture between Mozambican state firm Petromoc and various firms in the neighboring state.

The Matola modernization scheme includes replacement and/or repair of loading booms, pumping and storage systems, in addition to upgrading the facility’s power supply and moving the terminal’s main pipeline away from a coal storage area. (macauhub)