Mozambique: Fuel imports fall but costs rise

7 August 2008

Songo, Mozambique, 7 Aug – Mozambique’s fuel imports fell by 38,000 metric tons to 262,000 tons in the first six months of this year in an annual comparison, the Noticias newspaper has reported.

Quoting Mozambican Energy Ministry figures, Noticias said despite falling imports the cost of fuel has increased by 39 percent from US$ 186 million in the first half of 2007 to more than US$ 260 million in the same period this year.

Fuel import costs have doubled from 2005 to the present, the official figures show, from US$ 400 million to the US$ 800 million currently spent on gasoline, diesel and paraffin for cooking.

As for production of electricity, official figures show that output fell in the first half of the year from 8,185.235 MHh to 6,906.448 MWh compared to 2007. This was mainly due to repair work on the Apollo substation in South Africa, where power from the Cahora Bassa hydro is transmitted into the neighboring state.

Meanwhile, Energy Minister Salvador Namburete says the number of regional administrative centers connected to the national grid now stands at 72 following the connection of Massingir in Gaza province this week. Some 82 district centers will be connected to the grid by the year’s end and this figure will reach 102 by the end of 2009. (macauhub)