Mozambique’s National Energy Fund (Funae) has spent almost 1 million meticals to build 33 liquid fuel stations, of an initial 45 planned, in rural areas of the country’s provinces, with the exception of Maputo, the president of Funae said in Nampula.
Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Miquelina Menezes said that building the stations was part of the Geographic Incentive Programme launched in 2008 and which is due to end this year.
Menezes acknowledged that Funae had faced some constraints on the building work, which had yet to be finished, as some contractors had difficulties carrying out the work, although others had met their deadlines.
Some projects had been abandoned, she said, in the provinces of Manica, Tete and Cabo Delgado where contractors faced financial difficulties and showed a lack of technical skills.
Nampula province has benefitted most from the project as a total of six fuel pumping stations were built there. Niassa and Gaza province are now home to five new fuel stations each.
Fuel pumping stations in rural areas have improved the quality of the fuel supplied, stabilised prices by preventing speculation and reduced the distances that consumers need to travel to buy fuel. (macauhub)