South African group Gigajoule Power and France’s Total on Wednesday in Maputo signed a joint development agreement to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) through the port of Maputo from the end of 2022, the international media reported.
The South African group’s chairman Johan de Vos told Engineering News Online that the agreement signed with the French group will result in an investment of US$350 million in Matola, outside Maputo, to allow the import of 2 million tons of LNG or 100 million gigajoules, with the possibility of future expansion.
The online publication said this project coincides with the early decline of the Pande and Temane fields in Inhambane province, operated by South African group Sasol, whose gas supplies two thermal power stations in Mozambique, as well as a synthetic fuel factory and chemical refineries in South Africa, where it is sent through the 865-kilometre Rompco (Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Company) pipeline.
The investment includes a floating storage and processing unit from natural to liquid gas permanently moored to the quay, as well as a 15-kilometre pipeline that will be connected via the Matola Gas Company to the South African grid.
The Matola Gas Company operates a 100-kilometre gas network in Maputo and is the second-largest gas distributor in southern Africa, supplying over 30 industrial companies that have been converted to operate on gas, as well as two thermal power stations and gas supply stations for vehicles.