Botswana discusses coal exports through Mozambique’s ports

8 August 2013

Officials from the Botswana government are in Mozambique to negotiate coal exports through Mozambican ports and to buy Mozambican fuel, according to Mozambican news agency Agência de Informação de Moçambique (AIM).

During their stay in Maputo the Botswana ministers for Energy, Kitso Mokaila, and Transport, Nomofo Molefhi, are due to hold talks with Mozambican government officials from the Energy, Transport and Mining Resources sectors.

According to AIM development of viable routes for exporting coal as well as diversification of fuel sources are included in the strategic aims of the visit by the ministerial delegation to Mozambique.

“The issues to be covered include, amongst others, acquisition of storage capacity on the coast for oil products destined for Botswana using alternative routes as well as cooperation between the two national (fuel) companies, Botswana Oil and Petromoc,” said AIM citing government sources.

According to the news agency, exporting coal through Mozambique is the most important part of the talks for the Botswana delegation.

In 2011 the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding for construction of a deep water port in Techobanine, in the Matutuíne district of Maputo province, and a 1,100 kilometre railroad linking Botswana to Mozambique.

In April of this year Mozambique’s Prime Minister, Alberto Vaquina said that the government had awarded the concession for construction of the deep water port of Techobanine, and that it was expected to cost around US$7 billion, funded by the governments of both countries. (macauhub)