Total Inks JDA with Maputo on LNG Import Plan

Total and South African gas facilities developer Gigajoule have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) on the import of LNG into Maputo.

The plan would include the mooring of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Matola, a suburb of Maputo. A final investment decision (FID) could be taken by mid-2020 with gas deliveries potentially starting by late 2022. Total has agreed to provide the proposed gas supplies.

Gigajoule is working on the project through a local subsidiary, Matola Gas Co., which regulates a 100 km pipeline network around Maputo. Currently Matola Gas takes supplies from the Rompco pipeline controlled by South Africa’s Sasol Petroleum International. The South African company produces gas from the Pande and Temane fields and exports most of this to South Africa. Production is expected to decline from the two Mozambique fields around 2023-24.

In July, the Mozambique council of ministers awarded Beluluane Gas Co. (BGC), an affiliate of Matola Gas, the right to creat, construct and operate infrastructure to a proposed 2,000 MW power plant. This facility will be developed by Central Termica de Beluluane (CTB), which is affiliated with Gigajoule. The plant would be constructed in the Beluluane Industrial Park, which is close to the Maputo substation and Motraco power lines.

The power project is estimated to have a price tag of around $2.8 billion.

A statement from Gigajoule in October said gas would be equipped to the plant from the international LNG markets, until liquefaction facilities in northern Mozambique started producing

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