Oil companies request extension of deadline for tender launched by Mozambique

4 December 2014

Oil companies are asking the government of Mozambique to extend the deadline of the international tender launched in October in Maputo and London, to award 15 oil and gas blocks, the president of the National Oil Institute (INP) said.

Arsenio Mabote said Wednesday in Maputo that companies usually have six months to prepare proposals but “this time the government decided that they should be submitted and assessed by 20 January; within three months.”

Mabote said to be the INP had received requests from several companies for more time to prepare the better technical proposals.

This is the first international tender launched by Mozambique since the discovery of natural gas reserves in the Rovuma basin in the north of the country, estimated at 200 trillion cubic feet in blocks led by US company Anadarko and Italy’s ENI.

In September, the construction of a Logistics Base began in Pemba, in Cabo Delgado province, which should be completed in 2016, two years before the date scheduled for the start of natural gas exploration in the country.

Over 500 delegates and 40 companies are taking part in the 2nd Gas Summit, which discusses the role of Mozambique and its large reserves in the Rovuma basin in the global market.

Organised by state oil and gas company ENH and event organiser CWC, the summit will bring together major world leaders in the natural gas industry, government representatives, investors, distributors and buyers. The summit is due to end on 5 December. (macauhub/MZ)