Mozambique to Import its Own Gas?

  • Mozambique has signed an agreement deal with French energy giant Total, to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power the 2000MW gas plant currently under construction in Beluluane, Maputo.
  • The agreement was signed by the Chairperson of Gigajoule, Johan de Vos, and the representative of Total in Africa, Philip Olivier.
  • Total is the project lead for the Mozambique LNG project in the north of the country, reportedly to be the single biggest project on the African continent to date. 
  • Total recently announced that they will be adding two extra super chilled plants to the Mozambique LNG project. Read more

Chief Executive Office of the Matola Gas Company (MGC), Bruno Morgado, said the major benefit from the agreement will be greater availability of gas, because the fields at Pande and Temane (in Inhambane province) will begin to decline in a more or less rapid manner.

“A further benefit from importing LNG will be the take-off of the Beleluane thermal power station. This is a large scale project that will generate up to 2,000 megawatts of power. There wasn’t enough gas for this,” said Morgado.

The project will have a floating unit in the port of Matola for LNG storage and regasify. Installation of the plant will begin mid 2020 and commissioned towards the end of 2021. A pipeline will run from Matola port to the planned new power station in Beluluane, using the MGC’s existing infrastructure. Read more

The 2000MW Beleluane power plant upon completion, is expected to supply neighbouring Eswatini and South Africa. It will also supply Botswana.

Related news: Mozambique’s LNG projects challenged by financing and social issues. Read more

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