Mozambique has reduced natural gas production by about four million gigajoules between 2018 and 2021. According to a study prepared by the National Statistics Institute (INE), cited by newspaper O País, in 2018 Mozambique produced 192 million gigajoules and in 2021 only 188 million were produced, showing a reduction of about four million.
According to INE, although the country is “famous” for holding huge deposits of natural gas, recent years have been marked by a reduction in the amount of natural gas produced and sold, adding that the data should be reversed by the start of the export of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by the floating platform in Cabo Delgado.
Apart from production, the INE document shows that there has been a reduction in the export of gas. “In the aforementioned period, the country registered a reduction of about nine million gigajoules of exported gas, that is, from 159 to 150 million between 2018 and 2021,” it explains.
However, the study shows that there was an increase in domestic consumption of the natural resource between 2018 and 2021, “with the amount of gas sold on the domestic market rising from 23 million gigajoules in 2018 to 29.3 million in 2021.
Natural gas is a non-renewable fossil fuel originating from the degradation of organic matter over thousands of years and under ideal pressure and temperature conditions.