First phase of gas supply to Maputo, Mozambique to begin soon

5 June 2012

The first phase of the project to supply natural gas to the capital of Mozambique, Maputo and the Marracuene district is due to begin soon, and the company that will manage the project is now being set up, said a director of state oil and gas company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH).

Tavares Martinho, director for research, said that as well as ENH the project involved South Korea’s Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas) and the Maputo municipality.

The first phase, which is expected to cost US$80 million, involves construction of a duct from Beloluane to Maputo as well as a distribution ring, initially to supply large consumers such as hotels, hospitals, and bakeries.

In the second phase domestic consumers will receive a gas supply when the project is expanded from the capital to the Marracuene district.

So far, according to Martinho, engineering and environmental impact studies have been carried out. The project is part of a plan to maximise use of natural gas extracted in the Pande and Temane gas fields.

In Mozambique available gas is used by the Matola Gas Company, which supplies industrial and commercial consumers in the city of Matola, by Auto-Gás to supply vehicles, and by ENH, which supplies domestic and commercial users. (macauhub)