South African petrochemicals group Sasol intends to ramp up production by half to 450-million scfd of gas from its natural gas fields in Mozambique, a senior company official said on Wednesday.
Sasol held a 70% equity stake in the $865-million Pande/Temane natural gas project in Mozambique, which is increasingly attracting international investors to its vast unexploited gas reserves.
“At the moment we are producing 300-million standard cubic feet a day of gas, but we want to increase the capacity by mid next year by another 50%,” Ebbie Haan, chief executive at Sasol Petroleum International, told an African oil conference in Cape Town.
Sasol said in August Mozambican oil and gas firm Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) would hold a stake in two exploration blocks it operates.
Source: Engineering News
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