Maputo, Mozambique, 10 Jan – Natural gas production at the Pande and Temane gas fields is expected to increase from 120 million gigajoules (GJ) to 149 million gigajoules this year as part of a programme to expand the project, said Mozambique’s deputy minister for Mining Resources, Abdul Razak Noormahomed.
Cited by daily newspaper Notícias the deputy minister said that as availability of natural gas increases in the country some projects designed by the government could be put in place, such as construction of a thermal power plant in Ressano Garcia, with capacity to generate 140 megawatts of power, and piping domestic natural gas in the cities of Maputo and Matola, as well as in the town of Marracuene.
According to projections in the Economic and Social Plan for 2012, the volume of electricity produced in the country will be 15,500 gigawatt hours (GWh).
Increased gas production at Temane and Pande will provide more gas for the Mozambican market and more tax revenues to the government, which taxes natural gas production at a rate of 5 percent of sales. (macauhub)