Mozambican government approves specific regulations for oil operations

25 August 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Aug – Companies that cause environmental damage as a result of oil operations may now receive a daily fine of up to 2 million meticals (US$54,000) under the terms of a legal diploma approved Tuesday in Maputo by the Mozambican government.

In a Council of Ministers meeting, the government approved the regulation on the environmental impact of oil activities that covers prevention, control, mitigation and environmental recovery measures in oil spill situations.

The deputy justice minister and government spokesman, Alberto Nkutumula, said it was clear that oil operations in Mozambique had been growing and taking into account that they have environmental implications, the Council of Ministers had approved a legal diplomas to safeguard the environment.

“A reading of the decree that approves the obligation to carry out environmental impact studies for large projects shows that there is a norm indicating that oil operations require specific regulations to be approved and that is what the Council of Ministers did today,” said Nkutumula.

Several oil sector companies are involved in oil and gas prospecting in central and northern Mozambique Surveying, specifically Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (USA), ENI (Italy), StatOil (Norway) and Petronas (Malaysia), which have so far invested hundreds of millions of dollars. (macauhub)