Africa Intelligence News: The energy side of President Nyusi’s trip to Paris

President Nyusi and François Holland
President Nyusi and François Holland

During his official visit to Paris between July 19-21, Mozambique president Filipe Nyusiheld private talks with executives from Total and Alstom. Since 2012 Total has owned a 40% stake in blocks 3 and 6 operated by Malaysia’s Petronas in the Rovuma basin but up to now no finds have been made on the concessions. The Mozambican president dropped in on the IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) on July 20 for a presentation by its chief, Didier Houssin, and by Thierry Pilenko, general manager of the French oil services group Technip. Both discussed training programs of their respective groups.

Nyusi was accompanied on his Paris jaunt by some corporate chiefs operating in the energy sector. One was Bruno Morgado, managing director of Matola Gas Company, a firm owned in part by the government (through ENH). It sells part of the gas produced by Sasol on the Pande and Temane fields to private customers (AEI 749). Morgado is the son of Carlos Morgado, former industry minister.

Also on the trip was Nnate Chissano, son of former president Joaquim Chissano, who sits on Matola Gas Company’s board.

Another member of the delegation was Maria Assuncao Abdula, a director of the engineering concern Electro Sul. And Nyusi didn’t overlook his home region of Cabo Delgado province where giant gas reserves lie. He was also accompanied by the head of Associação Comercial de Cabo Delgado, Mohamed Zicar Osman.(Source: Africa Intelligence)

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