London — Mozambique’s National Petroleum Institute (INP) has announced the results of the fifth licencing round for exploration and production of hydrocarbons in fifteen blocks.
The fifteen blocks on offer cover an area of 74,259 square kilometres. They are located off the northern coast including the Rovuma Basin, the Zambezi Delta and the area near Angoche, in Nampula province, and onshore around Pande/Temane and Palmeira, in the southern provinces of Inhambane and Maputo
Bids were received for eight of the blocks of which six were successful. The prospective operators have now been invited to commence negotiations for an Exploration Production Concession Contract. These companies are the Italian company ENI, US giant ExxonMobil, South Africa’s Sasol, and London-based Delonex Energy.
ENI, which is already operating offshore Area Four, in the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of Cabo Delgado province, was awarded the A5-A area near Angoche. The neighbouring block, A5-B, somewhat further out to sea, has gone to ExxonMobil.
ExxonMobil was also awarded blocks Z5-C and Z5-D in the Zambezi Delta, off the coast of Sofala province.
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