Mozambique’s ENH analyses proposals for natural gas project

22 January 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Jan– Mozambican state oil and gas company, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) is due this month to announce the winners of two public tenders launched in 2009 to implement the natural gas project for the city of Maputo and district of Marracuene.

According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, which cited Tavares Martinho, the Surveys director of ENH, the proposals for both tenders are currently being analysed, the first to draw up the environmental impact study and the second for the engineering project.

Martinho also said that the EIS would put forward recommendations on the possible impacts along the path of the gas pipeline linking the cities of Matola and Maputo, whilst the engineering project would set out the technical details of the project.

The concession of the natural gas distribution projects for Maputo and Mararcuene, the execution of which is the responsibility of ENH, was approved by the Council of Ministers in June last year, and represents an expected investment of US$80 million.

The project will be carried out in two phases the first of which will consist of building a branch line from Matola to the capital of the country, expected to cost US$20 million as well as a distribution ring that is expected to cost US$7 million.

Gas will then be extended from the country’s capital to Marracuene, which is expected to cost US$2.5 million.

According to the schedule, by 2011 construction work on the gas pipeline will have reached the city of Maputo and thus by 2012 the gas will be distributed for commercial and domestic use in the country’s capital and Marracuene.

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. (macauhub)

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