Marracuene and Maputo, Mozambique, get natural gas distribution network

12 September 2014

The Gas Distribution Project of Maputo and Marracuene (PDGM), which is intended to supply natural gas to households and businesses in those areas, was inaugurated Thursday, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

A concession for distribution and marketing of natural gas in those two regions was granted in November 2009 to state company ENH, which established the ENH-Kogas partnership with Kogas, of South Korea, the company that funded the entire project costing US$38.2 million.

Construction of the PDGM network began on 24 April, 2013, with an expected duration of one year, and was completed on 30 May, 2014. The project is expected to consume 6 million gigajoules of natural gas extracted in the Pande and Temane fields, operated by South African company Sasol.

The gas arrives through the pipeline of the Maputo Matola Gas Company (MGC), which is connected in Ressano Garcia to the pipeline that runs from Pande to Secunda in South Africa.

The MGC pipeline transports natural gas from to the Belulane industrial zone and the Matola industrial zone.

At the project’s inauguration, the President of Mozambique stressed that the distribution of natural gas will allow the State to save on fuel imports, which will obviously have an impact on the balance of payments and on gross domestic product (GDP).

With the inauguration of PDGM, President Armando Guebuza said, Mozambique now has another 50 MW of electricity available, which will help save about US$25 million on imports. (macauhub/MZ)