ENH and Shell consider transforming natural gas into liquid fuel in Mozambique

26 June 2014

Mozambican state oil and gas company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) and Royal Dutch Shell this week in Maputo signed a document to carry out a feasibility study for a project to transform natural gas into liquid fuel.

The chairman of ENH, Nelson Ocuane, said that the company’s mission was to add value to Mozambique’s natural resources and that a project to transform natural gas into liquid fuel (Gas to liquids – GTL) was part of that mission.

“This project make sit possible to transform natural gas into diesel, synthetic fuels and polyethylene, amongst other derivatives, in a single factory,” said Ocuane according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

The memorandum of understanding was preceded by an agreement on a joint study to identify some areas with high oil and gas potential in Mozambique, which covers the possibility of acquiring joint rights.

ENH is the commercial branch of the Mozambican state for the oil and gas sector and is involved in all of the country’s oil and gas surveying, development and production activities.

Shell built its first GTL factory in Bintulu, Malaysia, and in 2011, as part of its partnership with Qatar Petroleum, launched production at the world’s largest GTL factory, Pearl GTL, in Qatar. (macauhub/MZ)