Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, to be supplied with natural gas in 2012

24 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 June – The province and city of Maputo in Mozambique as well as the northern area of Inhambane province will have natural gas as of 2012 under the terms of concession contracts for Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) approved Tuesday by the Mozambican government.

In the specific case of the city of Maputo and the district of Marracuene, the project represents a total investment of US$80 million, and would be implemented in two phases.

The first stage will be the construction of a line from Matola to the city of Maputo expected to cost US$20 million and a distribution ring costing some US$7 million and from the country’s capital the gas will be taken to Marracuene, at a cost of US$2.5 million.

If a rise in gas consumption requires it, the second phase will be implemented and consists of the construction of a gas pipeline linking the administrative post of Ressano Garcia in the district of Moamba, and the area of the Matola industrial park expected to cost US$50 million.

“Mozambique produces gas in significant quantity. This decree is intended to authorise ENH to work to transport the gas to consumers, by also providing domestic links. It means that by 2011 the gas pipeline will reach Maputo and in 2012 gas will be circulating in it,” said government spokesman, Luís Covane.

The expansion of the use of gas will also be carried out in the north of Inhambane province, specifically to Vilanculos, Inhassoro and Govuro. With the expansion of exploration of natural gas at Pande and Temane the Mozambican state will receive 9 million gigajoules in tax on production.

In Mozambique the available gas is used by Matola Gás Company, which supplies industrial and commercial consumers in Matola, another part of it by Auto-Gás, to supply vehicles and also by Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos for domestic and commercial consumers, including electricity production. (macauhub)