French oil company TotalEnergies expects to make a Final Investment Decision (FID) by September 2024 for the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal in the southern city of Matola.
The information was published on Wednesday 25 October by the Pakistani newspaper Business Recorder, quoting an oil company spokesman in response to questions sent by email.
Named Matola LNG, this gas import terminal could become South Africa’s first major LNG supplier, as well as providing Mozambique with a reliable supply of gas to ensure growing demand in the countries of the African region and the rest of the world.
The project will meet the growing demand for energy in both Mozambique and South Africa, utilising the existing pipeline network of the Mozambican natural gas distributor Matola Gas Company (MGC), which will be upgraded to increase its capacity to supply Rompco’s full capacity. The natural gas will be available for industries and energy production projects.
In this project, according to the same newspaper, TotalEnergies is teaming up with the southern African energy group Gigajoule and Mozambican entities to develop the terminal, considered vital for supplying South Africa with gas, at a cost estimated at 550 million dollars.
The LNG terminal includes the operation of a permanently moored floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), maritime infrastructure and a new high-pressure gas pipeline.
“Matola LNG is primarily aimed at supplying energy to South Africa, which is facing serious energy problems with recurrent power grid cuts and whose current energy production comes from coal-fired power stations,” said the same oil company spokesman.
The Matola LNG terminal is part of a larger project linking the infrastructure to a combined cycle gas plant with a capacity of up to 2,000 megawatts and is seen as a vital element in increasing energy exports in the southern African region.