Eswatini’s power company is gauging interest in a plan to build infrastructure that would tap gas from neighboring Mozambique to generate electricity in the southern African kingdom.
The Eswatini Electric Co. is considering building pipelines or ferrying gas by truck from locations in Mozambique to supply gas-fired turbines, with additional applications for the fuel in commercial, industrial and transport sectors, it said in a document on its website.
African nations are increasingly prioritizing energy security over meeting emissions targets and using fossil fuels to develop their economies. The continent’s overall energy consumption is set to increase at twice the pace of the global average as populations and economies grow, according to the International Energy Agency.
One proposed source of gas for Eswatini would be Matola in southeastern Mozambique, where TotalEnergies SE is planning a liquefied natural gas import terminal. The government of Mozambique and Eswatini have already reached an agreement to work on a long-term gas supply contract.
The response to provide consulting services to carry out studies for the gas supply system is due by March 4, the EEC said. (Source: https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/eswatini-weighs-using-mozambican-gas-to-generate-electricity)