Mozambican authorities assure that residences, hospitals, restaurants and industries in Maputo, the country’s capital, will start receiving piped natural gas in March 2014. The Mozambican state hydrocarbon company ENH, commenced construction of an intra-city and inter-city gas distribution pipelines in March 2013.
The main line will transport 5.5Billion cubic feet of gas a year from Matola to Marracuene, over a distance of 30km for a period of 20 years in an initial phase. “Residences and some production units of Maputo will have piped natural gas from March 2014, at which time it is expected that we finalize the construction of the natural gas distribution network in the city of Maputo”, according to spokespersons at the ENH. The total area proposed for the gas distribution network is approximately 62 km (excluding extensions for consumers).
The project involves partnership between the Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas) and the Municipal Council of Maputo. Some 200 institutions, including will be the first beneficiaries of the piped gas. The programme is expected to capture all of Maputo and neighbouring Marracuene city within ten years.