Mining & Energy
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Notícias / (From left to right) / John Grant, vice president of Anadarko's International Relations; Minister of Mineral Reorces and Energy, Letícia Klemens; and Fabio Castiglioni director of Eni East Africa.
The Mozambique government and concessionaires Eni and Anadarko yesterday passed a significant milestone for the beginning of production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in areas 1 and 4 of the Rovuma basin in Cabo Delgado.
The parties have signed the concession contracts for the unloading facility, the LNG Maritime Terminal and their special licenses, all crucial for the mobilisation of LNG production financing.
The contracts were signed by Minister Leticia Klemens, Anadarko’s deputy chairman for International Relations John Grant and Eni East Africa SPa’s director Fabio Castiglion.
Other uses, such as the production of fertilisers, liquid fuels and electricity, will require even more work, dedication and cooperation between the parties involved, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has said.
Minister Klemens stressed that the contracts signed yesterday impose rights and obligations on all parties and appealed to the concessionaires to comply with their obligations and observe the legal and contractual framework applicable to projects in the Rovuma basin.
One of the steps to be taken is the resettlement of the more than 5,000 inhabitants of the Afungi peninsula in Palma to make way for the construction of the liquid gas plant.
Klemens says the resettlement must be handled with great care, as Mozambique has learned from other similar projects that this must be approached in a sustainable manner.
The signing of the maritime concession contracts comes months after Eni and its partners signed contracts for drilling and the construction of production facilities, as well as agreements on the financing and legal framework of their gas project.
In this context, Klemens said she hoped that yesterday’s ceremony would also be a major step towards a final investment decision for the Area 1 project operated by American company Anadarko, which, unlike Eni’s, will be developed on land.
The completion of production projects in the Rovuma basin could make Mozambique one of the world’s top three natural gas producers in the world.
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