UK oil major BP is looking at options to import LNG into Mozambique to feed gas-fired power plants, Jerome Milongo, BP’s vice president of greenfield LNG origination for Africa, told a conference in Maputo on Thursday.
While Mozambique has huge offshore gas reserves, gas will not be guaranteed to reach the domestic market until at least 2023 when Anadarko’s 12 mtpa onshore LNG plant is expected to come onstream. Under its domestic gas obligation, Anadarko has agreed to supply 1.4 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d) of gas per train to the domestic market – and it could make up to 8.5 MMcm/d of additional gas available as its project matures.
In the meantime, Milongo said LNG imports could be used to meet Mozambique’s immediate power demands and kickstart downstream industrialisation.
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