Maputo — The publicly owned Mozambican Hydrocarbon Company (ENH) intends to expand its distribution of natural gas in the southern province of Inhambane, by establishing 500 new connections, bringing the total number of consumers of gas in this region to 1,131.
According to an ENH press release, this project is budgeted at about 450,000 US dollars, and seeks to expand the gas distribution network to more consumers in Vilanculo, Inhassoro and Govuro districts in the north of the province. Work should begin within weeks, and will be conclude din 120 days.
ENH says the project hopes to reduce the cost of a gas connection for households. Currently the cost varies between 1,000 and 3,000 US dollars, depending on the distance of the household from the gas pipeline.
The project will relieve households of these costs, and they will only have to pay the monthly gas consumption bill.
“Implementing this project will save households money”, according to the ENH director for hydrocarbon exploration and production, Paulino Gregorio. “It will reduce monthly expenditure on energy, since natural gas is considerably cheaper than other sources of fuel”.
ENH says that, on average, a household spends about 450 meticais (about 15 US dollars) a month on piped gas. To get the same amount of energy from charcoal would cost 600 meticais, from firewood between 500 and 750 meticais, and from butane cooking gas 750 meticais.
Further advantages of piped natural gas is that is available 24 hours a day, it is safe and clean, and it makes a major contribution to the environment by replacing wood fuel and thus reducing deforestation.
The ENH gas distribution network in northern Inhambane dates back to 1992, and the construction of a pipeline 103 kilometres long. Today the network is 326 kilometres long, including connections from the gas processing plant at Temane to Vilanculo town and the Bazaruto archipelago, and a second branch to Inhassoro and to Nova Mambone, capital of Govuro district
Currently this ENH network supplies 631 consumers - 590 homes, 39 commercial premises, and two electricity distribution company - the national company, EDM, and Elgas, which has the contract to supply electricity to the Bazaruto islands.