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Total and Gigajoule’s Moz deal will be a gas for SA


Total and Gigajoule’s Moz deal will be a gas for SA

At least now we know where all that gas included in the country’s energy strategy might come from

Lisa Steyn

Oil and gas giant Total and clean energy project developer Gigajoule have signed a joint development agreement to import gas into Mozambique, in a move that could drive a large gas market in SA.

The project will see liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivered to a permanently moored floating storage and re-gasification unit in Matola harbour, adjacent to the capital Maputo.  The facility will be connected to a nearby gas-fired power plant and will feed gas into the SA gas network, through the infrastructure of the Matola Gas Company, in which Gigajoule is a major shareholder.

SA aims to establish a gas economy, and in terms of the latest Integrated Resource Plan, the country’s energy strategy, about 3,000MW of gas-fired power will feed into the national power grid by 2030. Gas is an important source of flexible power that helps to balance a power grid as more renewable power is introduced into a system, but the plan makes no provision for where the gas might come from. ..

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