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    23 October, 2014
Government launches hydrocarbon licensing round in London
 
The Mozambican government, through its National Petroleum Institute (INP), on Thursday launched the fifth licencing round for exploration and production of hydrocarbons.
 
The fifteen blocks on offer cover an area of 76,800 square kilometres. They are located off the northern coast including the Rovuma Basin, the Zambezi Delta and the area near Angoche, in Nampula province, and onshore around Pande/Temane and Palmeira, in the southern provinces of Inhambane and Maputo
 
Launch ceremonies took place both in Maputo and in London. At the Hilton Hotel in London, over three hundred delegates were present, representing almost two hundred companies.
 
The key speaker, Minister of Mineral Resources Esperanca Bias, explained that just five years of exploration in the Rovuma Basin has increased the country’s known natural gas reserves from five trillion cubic feet to over 200 trillion cubic feet.
 
She stressed that the bids for the acreage should include plans for upstream activities, institutional support, training and local content.
 
The Chair of the INP Board, Arsenio Mabote, pointed out that bidding companies will also be judged on their ability to optimise resource recovery and deliver an excellent technical programme. He added that the successful companies will also be required to demonstrate a regional overview.
 
The successful bidders must also show their timetables, with exploration programmes completed within eight years. It was also revealed that no signature bonus will be required. However, companies must commit themselves to making a quarter of hydrocarbon resources available for use inside Mozambique.
 
Mabote’s colleague, Carlos Zacarias, told the audience that preliminary data suggests that oil and gas could be found in the areas up for auction.
 
He explained that the state hydrocarbon company, ENH, will be awarded at least a ten per cent stake in each area. In addition, there is a minimum requirement of one operator and at least one non-operator (in addition to ENH) for each block. Zacarias added that, if necessary, INP will create “forced marriages” to ensure partnerships.
 
Speaking to AIM after the event, Esperanca Bias explained that no single company has the full set of skills required to cover the entire value chain, and this is why the government requires partnerships to be formed.
 
On the issue of setting up a Sovereign Fund to invest future oil wealth, Bias said that this was just one of the options being considered by her government to make sure that the country’s wealth can be best used for the benefit of current and future generations.
 
The Chairman of ENH, Nelson Ocuane, told AIM that it is increasing its participation in the exploration process with the goal that perhaps in five to ten years it can become an operator.
 
The bidding will be closed on 20 January and INP will analyse the offers after a period of clarification.
(AIM)
 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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