Japan to pay for construction of gas terminal at port of Maputo, Mozambique

11 August 2011

Namaacha, Mozambique, 11 Aug – Japan plans to pay for construction of a terminal at the port of Maputo to receive cooking gas and will include a gas pipeline and a gas bottle filling centre, Mozambique’s Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete said Wednesday in Namaacha.

The minister, who was speaking on the sidelines of the 7th Coordinating Council of the Energy Ministry, which began Wednesday in the town, said that Mozambique was currently facing a number of limitations on importing gas due to the lack of a terminal to receive the ships carrying the gas.

“We are developing a project at the port of Maputo to receive, store and fill domestic gas bottles in order to make it possible, in future to achieve economies of scale in receiving the gas,” said Namburete.

Mozambique imports domestic gas from neighbouring South Africa, which is transported on tanker trucks and/or by rail.

The cost of building the terminal is estimated at between US$65 million and US$75 million and the Japanese government plans to fund the project in its entirety. (macauhub)