From 2024, the production of cooking gas by the petrochemical company Sasol in the district of Inhassoro, in the province of Inhambane, is expected to reduce the volume of imports of this type of fuel by 60%.
The forecast for the production of just over 30 thousand tons of gas per year, which is expected to, according to SASOL, partially meet the market demand. This development will also boost the widespread use of cooking gas, which is the intended goal.
Jornal Visão Moçambique sought the reaction of Nelson Mavimbe, the President of the Association of Fuel Retailers (ARCOMOC).
Mavimbe explained that the refinery would be a gain for the country if, indeed, such production translates into a reduction in the cost of acquiring this fuel for the end consumer. He also mentioned that the action “will clearly significantly reduce the dependence on this product from abroad, but it is necessary to rethink how it can be supplied to the capital cities, where we have filling terminals, for subsequent packaging in cylinders.”
The ARCOMOC leader emphasizes that local production brings great value to the country, “however, what worries us is understanding how the logistics and transportation with all the necessary safety will be carried out to the provincial capitals because, as we all know, our EN1 road does not have favorable and safe conditions to move more than a hundred tanker trucks that are expected to be necessary if needed to transport this product throughout the country.”
Mavimbe also stated, “It is necessary to understand that we do not have the railway conditions, and even less maritime conditions from Temane to the rest of the country, so that the sustainability of this long-awaited grand project is assured.”
“We believe that the refinery for LPG — Liquefied Petroleum Gas or simply Cooking Gas is already a reality, aiming to ensure the production of this energy source and it is expected to start operating in 2024, predicting about 30 thousand tons per year, but how will this product reach the port cities? Namely, Maputo, Beira, and Nacala,” asks the source, adding that the issue should receive special attention because, according to the source, there is a risk that locally produced gas may cost more than imported gas.
Another issue facing the Mozambican market is the capacity to store petroleum products, as our source perceives that the country may one day face a crisis similar to that which has been affecting South Africa, given the significant growth of the automotive fleet, industrial park, as well as the number of consumers.
“It is also necessary to reflect on investment in infrastructure, improve the country’s infrastructure, roads, ports, and fuel distribution systems can help ensure more efficient, stable, and secure supply,” emphasized Nelson Mavimbe, the President of this Association.
It is worth mentioning that the information about local cooking gas production was recently provided by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Carlos Zacarias, during a visit to the SASOL facilities, where the future hydrocarbon processing plant is being implemented in Temane.