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Four companies are competing for a contract to supply 25,250 tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Mozambique in response to a tender recently launched by the Mozambican Petroleum Importer (Imopetro).
According to information made public yesterday at the opening of the tenders submitted by the companies, the gas is intended to meet the consumption needs of the next six months.
Sérgio Mulhovo, financial director of Imopetro, explained that the maximum 30-day evaluation of the proposals, adding that, in Mozambique, tenders for the provision of domestic gas are launched every six months.
Mulhovo said that the 25,250 tons of gas to be supplied this half-year will cover the needs of the domestic market.
“The previous contract was for 20,000 tons, but with the start-up of the Beira terminal, our capacity has increased and, considering the market, we think that 25,250 tons will be enough,” he said.
The opening of the proposals comes at a time when the market for domestic gas, especially in Maputo, has seen shortages of the 9, 14 and 19 kg cylinders normally distributed by Petrogás.
Despite recognising a relative increase in gas consumption, Imopetro denies that shortages relate to the quantities imported into the country.
“Imports always take into account the needs of the market. If there are shortages, it’s a distribution problem,” Mulhovo explained.
Some gas retailers who spoke to Jornal Noticias recently however maintain that demand for gas has increased since the middle of last year, mainly driven by rising fuel prices.Source: Jornal Noticias