A group of deputies from Mozambique’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, have visited the Gulf state of Qatar on a study tour organised by Mozambique’s National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH).
During the visit the deputies looked at various hydrocarbon facilities, especially those associated with liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.
The deputies shared experiences with representatives of Qatar’s government and the national gas company Qatargas on the implementation of projects on LNG, gas-to-liquid (GTL) and infrastructure, and how gas can be used to contribute to rapid industrialisation.
The visit was of particular relevance as Mozambique has recently discovered huge reserves of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of the northern province of Cabo Delgado. The total known gas reserves in the Rovuma Basin are 180 trillion cubic feet.
According to the Chairperson of the ENH Board of Directors, Nelson Ocuane, “we took the deputies to visit these projects so they can have a real idea of the scale and complexity of the infrastructure needed for gas processing. They also heard the experience of the government of Qatar, through its national companies, on the best way to develop gas projects”.
Deputy Francisco Mucanheia said the visit was productive and helped raise awareness about the hydrocarbon sector. He explained, “we returned to Maputo with more clarity on how Qatar reached their level of development”.
Recently, ENH has held seminars in the cities of Maputo, Pemba and Nampula to inform members of the business community about opportunities arising from the sector.