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South Africa could import LNG via Mozambique

Policy stasis means Mozambique could become the LNG import hub for South Africa, instead of Richards Bay or Coega Policy stasis means Mozambique could become the LNG import hub for South Africa, instead of Richards Bay or Coega.
By Leigh Elston 10 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG 0 34668
South African Energy Minister Samson Gwede Mantashe (GovernmentZA/Flickr)

The key issue: A new project to import LNG into Mozambique could also be used to serve South Africa, which would undermine the business case for Transnet’s Richards Bay project. .

Interfax analysis: The proposal by South Africa’s state-owned port, rail and pipeline company Transnet to import LNG into Richards Bay was looking more promising than previous import plans. However, policy inertia and regulatory complexities mean the port of Matola in Mozambique could now be the most likely location for South Africa...