Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Oct – The Mozambican National Energy Fund (Funae) has launched a public tender for construction of fuel supply stations in 21 districts of eight provinces in order to expand the rural network.
This is the second tender launched by Funae in less than 12 months, as the previous one was in November of last year.
In the 2008 tender, Funae aimed to build 17 service stations in rural areas in the rural provinces of Inhambane, Sofala, Manica, Zambézia, Tete, Nampula, Cabo Delgado and Niassa.
For this tender, Funae plans to build fuelling stations in the districts of Chicualacuala and Mabalane (Gaza), Chemba, Maríngwè, Machanga and Muanza (Sofala), Tambarra and Mussorize (Manica), Gilé, Mopeia and Namacurra (Zambézia), Marávia and Macanga (Tete), Nacaôa, Mecubúri and Lalaua (Nampula), Maúta, Nipepe and Mecula (Niassa) and Namgade and Quissanga (Cabo Delgado).
No figure was given for the investment to be made.
Some companies operating in the sector have refused to expand their services to rural areas arguing that in those areas the return is insufficient for the investments made.
Most cars are located in provincial capitals, with Maputo having the biggest concentration of vehicles. (macauhub)