Distribution of natural gas in the city of Maputo and in Marracuene is due to begin by May 2014 and priority will be given to large consumers, such as hospitals, hotels and shopping centres, the Energy Minister said Tuesday.
Salvador Namburete noted that this was the date set out in the contract and added that only after large consumers started receiving the piped natural gas would the residential market become a priority, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.
Costing an expected US$38 million, the domestic gas project was launched in March of this year and includes construction d operation of a gas pipeline running form Matola to Maputo and to the district of Marracuene, in Maputo province, and the gas distribution network is a total of 62 kilometres long.
The project is controlled by state oil and gas company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) and construction is the responsibility of the Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas).
The natural gas to be used for this project is extracted at the Temane and Pande gas fields, in Inhambane province, which are explored by South African petrochemical group Sasol. (macauhub)