SourceMaputo — The construction of the Pemba Port Logistical Base, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, is due to begin in January 2015, according to the daily newspaper “Noticias”.
The facility will support the hydrocarbon industry in the Rovuma Basin, where huge amounts of natural gas have been discovered.
The logistical base has been sub-leased to the recently formed company ENHILS, which is composed of Mozambique's National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH) and the Nigerian company Orlean Invest.
Speaking to “Noticias” during a fact finding visit to Nigeria, ENHILS' administrator Tavares Martinho explained that the venture is the first of its kind in Mozambique. He added that Orlean Invest has extensive international experience in developing logistical bases to support the hydrocarbon industry.
The first phase of construction is budgeted at 150 million US dollars.
This includes the building of the logistical base and the installations for the production and assembly of the subsea equipment used in the hydrocarbon industry.
Currently, the environmental impact assessment of the proposed development is underway. This will pave the way for the construction phase to begin in January. It is expected that the project will be completed by 2016.
A huge liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant is to be built nearby at Palma to process natural gas. Palma will have a dedicated port, with the first shipment not expected before 2018.
On Monday, the Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation announced that it has increased the total estimated recoverable resources in Offshore Area 1, off the coast at Palma, to between 50 and 70-plus trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The Italian company, ENI, has discovered even larger amounts of gas in neighbouring Offshore Area 4.