Mozambique receives eight proposals for construction of natural gas refineries

4 October 2013

Eight foreign companies have presented proposals to the Mozambican government to build two natural gas refineries in the Rovuma basin, said Mozambican oil and gas company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), which manages the States’ mining resources stakes.

The chairman of ENH, Nelson Ocuane, said that the eight large companies had put forward proposals following a tender launched by the government for construction of an onshore gas refinery and another offshore refinery, in the Rovuma basin, northern Mozambique.

For construction of the refinery at sea proposals have been made by US company Bechtel, a consortium of Japan’s JGC Corp and US company Fluor Corp, and another from Japan’s Chiyoda Corp partnering with the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I).

For the onshore refinery proposals have been made by Luxembourg based company Subsea 7 and France’s Technip, and US company MacDermott, according to the Mozambican press.

The Mozambican government expects natural gas production in the Rovuma basin to begin in 2018, and so far reserves are estimated at 180 trillion cubic feet, with an expected increase to 200 trillion cubic feet after further prospecting work. (macauhub)