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South Africa to Discuss Gas with Mozambique

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s energy minister is planning a visit to neighboring Mozambique to discuss further cooperation in the oil and gas sector. More specifically, Radebe said that he wanted to discuss with local authorities his country’s intention to build a Rovuma gas pipeline to Maputo from the far north to the south of the country

“I intend to visit Mozambique very soon to discuss with our neighbor the possibilities of an approach to the development of natural resources in our respective countries, as well as to ensure closer coordination and relations with all neighboring countries,” said Radebe in a media statement.

The statement said the energy minister wanted to discuss with the Mozambican government the Gas Master Plan in order to have information to persuade his colleagues in the South African government about the need for the country to get involved in the project.

“Southern Africa has large gas reserves in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, and South Africa has the potential for shale gas,” Radebe said, adding that the energy and water ministers of Southern Africa will meet at a summit to discuss the development of the area.

The South African minister intends to submit to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government the Gas Master Plan drawn up by the Mozambican government, and which includes a pipeline between north and south of Mozambique. South Africa, although far more developed than any of its neighbors, is energy poor and needs to import to meet power generation going forward.

Rovuma gas may be important for the supply of three regasification terminals that South Africa plans to build.