Maputo, Mozambique, 13 Oct – Norway’s DNO International ASA has been approved for an oil and gas research and production concession in the lower Zambezi, a source from the Mining Resources Ministry told Macauhub Tuesday.
The Mozambican government launched a tender in November 2009 (the fourth) for hydrocarbon research, and seven areas were made available in the north, centre and south of the country, four of which in the Mozambique basin, two in the lower and middle Zambezi and one in the Maniamba basin.
In June, when the tender closed, proposals were received from SASOL Petroleum International, of South Africa, for the areas of Palmeiras e Banhine, from DNO International ASA for the Lower Zambezi, Aguia Energy for graben areas in the Lower and Middle Zambezi and the Maniamba area, New Age for Banhine and Limpopo, CH-SwissOil Holdings International and Spots Wood Petroleum for the areas of Mazenga and Limpopo and Touchstone Oil and Gas Limited for the Mazenga area.
A ministerial statement issued Tuesday in Maputo said that DNO was a company that had been present in Mozambique for a long time and was currently researching hydrocarbons in the Rovuma basin.
Mozambique has been the destination of companies investing in hydrocarbon research along its almost 3,000-kilometre coast.
The Mining Resources Ministry recently announced the discovery of oil in the Rovuma basin in northern Mozambique. (macauhub)