Natural gas exploration in Mozambique provides opportunities for SMEs

21 August 2014

The president of Mozambique suggested Wednesday that businesspeople in the country should to prepare to take advantage of the business opportunities that will arise from exploration of natural gas deposits, according to daily newspaper Notícias.

At the ceremony to lay the first stone for construction of logistics base in Pemba, a facility to support the natural gas industry in Palma, in Cabo Delgado province, Armando Guebuza said that businesspeople should focus not only on matters of quality and punctuality but also to identify other services that the industry may need.

The logistics base in Pemba will be assist and support all research, production and development activities for the oil and gas in northern Mozambique. It will be a long-term solution that places Pemba at the forefront of services of this kind in the region.

Nelson Ocuane, chairman of state oil and gas company Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), gave assurances that in the case of the Rovuma basin his company had been working to ensure benefits for small and medium-sized companies.

Construction of the future logistics base in Pemba, expected to be ready by 2016, was awarded to “ENH Integrated Logistics Services” (ENHILS), owned by ENH Logistics (ENHL), with 51 percent, and Orlean Invest with 49 percent, which work in partnership with Sonangol Integrated Logistic Services (Sonils) for technical services. (macauhub/MZ)