Mozambique: Energy Fund to build 17 fuel stations in rural areas

7 November 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Nov – The Mozambican National Energy Fund (Funae) plans to launch a public tender for construction of 17 fuel stations in rural areas, according to a document obtained by Macauhub in Maputo.

Under the terms of the tender, the period for carrying out the work is of 120 days and the service stations will be built across the country, with the exception of the provinces of Maputo (where the country’s capital is located) and Gaza, in the south of Mozambique.

The new fuel stations will be built in Funhalouro and Mabote (Inhambane), Cheringoma and Gorongosa (Sofala), Machaze and Macossa (Manica), Ile and Maganja da Costa (Zambézia), Changara, Chiúta and Mutarara (Tete), Murrupula, Mussoril and Mongicual (Nampula), Balama and Chiúre (Cabo Delgado) and Mavago (Niassa).

The document makes no reference to the investment needed for the project, but it is publicly known that the Mozambican state will provide the entire amount.

Several multinational fuel companies operating in Mozambique have refused to expand their services by saying that there is no return in rural areas, as the country’s cars are mainly found in the country’s main cities and towns.(macauhub)