The American Anadarko Petroleum and Italian ENI groups signed with the Mozambican government on Thursday in Maputo the concession contracts for the liquid natural gas maritime terminal and material unloading installations on the Afungi Peninsula, reports the Mozambican press.
The contracts result from the Council of Ministers’ approval last 21 July of the terms and conditions governing those instruments, which are part of the contractual and commercial package for the liquid natural gas projects in northern Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin.
The documents were signed by the Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Letícia Klemens, and the representatives of ENI East Africa, Fabio Castiglioni, and Anadarko Moçambique Area 1 Lda, John Bretz.
Klemens said on the occasion that the contracts’ signing marked an important step in the process which should culminate when those projects become operational, thereby helping consolidate the Mozambican economy.
“I’m referring to the start of liquid natural gas production in Areas 1 and 4 of the Rovuma Basin, as well as the implementation of other projects that depend on natural gas as a raw material, especially the production of fertilisers, liquid fuels and electric power,” she said.
Special licences for the liquid natural gas project were also signed at the same ceremony. They will allow operators to conduct activities within the special protection zone, namely to resettle populations living in the intervention areas.
Those documents were signed by the Minister of Mining Resources and Energy and also by the Ministers of Land, Environment and Rural Development (Celso Correia), the Sea, Interior Waters and Fisheries (Agostinho Mondlane) and Transport and Communications (Carlos Mesquita). (Macauhub)