Most of Second Phase of Gas Distribution Project Complete

ENH-Kogas, the company implementing the natural gas distribution network in Maputo and in the neighbouring district of Marracuene, announced on Tuesday that more than 85 per cent of the work on the gas pipeline for the second phase of the project is now complete.
ENH-Kogas is a partnership between Mozambique’s National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH) and Kogas of South Korea.
The second phase of the project was launched on 18 December last year, and involves building a 14.6 kilometre long gas pipeline from Zimpeto (where the pipeline for the first phase ended) to the town of Marracuene.
According to ENH-Kogas, 13 kilometres of the pipeline has been laid so far, and it is expected the rest will be completing by the end of March, barring any unforeseen technical or climatic difficulties.
The first phase of the gas distribution project included a network running for a total of 62 kilometres, covering several Maputo neighbourhoods, and costing 38.2 million US dollars which was funded by Kogas. This phase was inaugurated in September 2014 and currently there are around 10 hotels, restaurants and industries drawing natural gas from the pipeline. ENH says it is preparing to connect Maputo households to the pipeline.
The second phase costs four million dollars, also disbursed by Kogas under its partnership with ENH.
The gas used by ENH-Kogas comes from the Pande and Temane fields in Inhambane province. These gas fields are operated by the South African petro-chemical giant, Sasol. An 800 long kilometre pipeline takes the gas from Temane to the Sasol plants at Secunda in South Africa. A spur from the main pipeline, at Ressano Garcia, on the Mozambique/South Africa border takes the gas southwards for Mozambique’s domestic use, mainly in Maputo and Matola cities.