Distribution of natural gas in Maputo, Mozambique, expected to begin this year

17 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 March – The project for distribution of natural gas from Pande for domestic and commercial use in Maputo and the district of Marracuene has been authorised by the government to begin this year, according to Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias.

The paper said that the Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Action had recently approved the environmental impact study, which demonstrated that the execution of the project, estimated to cost US$80 million, presented no risk to the environment.

The concession contract for the project was approved by the government in June 2009, and granted to oil and gas company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, whose chairman, Nelson Ocuane, said the engineering project was in its concluding stages and this would be followed by the launch of the public tender to award the contract to build the system in the next few months.

Execution of the project will be carried out in stages, the first of which will be construction of a branch linking the cities of Maputo and Matola, along a stretch of 15 kilometres, as well as a distribution ring.

The second stage will be to install a gas distribution branch to Costa do Sol, on the outskirts of Maputo, from where the service will be extended to the Marracuene district. (macauhub)