Maputo, Mozambique, 20 Feb – Construction of a gas pipeline to receive domestic gas from the port of Maputo is due to be finished by April, said Manuel Braga, the director-general of Mozambican fuel importer Importadora Moçambicana de Combustíveis (Imopetro).
Speaking to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Braga said that with the construction of the gas pipeline Mozambique could, if necessary, receive ships carrying domestic gas and would no longer be dependent on imports via land from South Africa.
The director-general of Imopetro declined to give a figure for the investment made and Notícias said that, as well as the pipeline, which will be around 2 kilometres long, the company made efforts to increase gas storage capacity by over 6,000 cubic metres.
Gas is currently imported by road, which makes it more expensive for the end user.
Mozambique is one of the main producers of gas in southern Africa but, because it does not have a refinery, it depends on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) imports, which are a by-product of crude oil. (macauhub)