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Mozambique Gas could emerge as potential aid for Zimbabwe energy crisis

By Staff Reporter

 

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As Mozambique’s “world-class” gas resources are developed and coal bed methane (CBM) increasingly offers potential, Zimbabwe could seemingly leverage gas opportunities to meet its rising energy demands.

Kasane Petrol Queue

Could this be the end of queues at Kasane Petrol Queue (Photo credit: jacashgone)

Mozambique´s gas finds are expected to fuel the southern region of Africa, where many countries are battling to meet ever-increasing energy demands.

Mozambique, which currently used 13 000 GWh of its 17 000 GWh electricity output – generated mostly from hydropower – was already a net exporter, particularly to South Africa.

Refugee Camp in Mozambique

Discovery of natural gas reserves should improve lives of many refugees at Refugee Camps in Mozambique (Photo credit: United Nations Photo)

And, despite Zimbabwe´s 10.25-billion-tonne coal potential, the Southern African country could exploit its gas reserves and develop a gas-to-liquid (GTL) plant, using gas as an alternative to coal, John Hollaway and Associates consultant John Hollaway said on Friday.

Petrol queue

Zimbabwe is having economic problems which could see return of petrol queues (Photo credit: Sokwanele – Zimbabwe)

Speaking at the second Zimbabwe Energy Future conference, in Johannesburg, he said many coal projects had faltered on the back of poor quality coal, with only the Hwange region boasting about 2.1-billion tonnes of coking coal potential.

-transparencyformozambique

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