Swaziland wants increased use of Maputo Port

Swaziland is interested in building a pipeline to carry fuel


Swaziland is interested in building a pipeline to carry fuel from the port of Maputo to the landlocked kingdom.It also wants to send trucks to Maputo via the Goba frontier post instead through SA, but have been told this is impossible because there is no scanner at Goba.

Speaking at a press conference Fakudze said that the Swazi authorities want to deepen cooperation between the two countries, and benefit from Mozambiquan electricity, fuel and natural gas.
It is certainly feasible to sell electricity to Swaziland, and to build a pipeline from the port. For natural gas, the Swazis will have to wait for several years. The gas extracted from the fields in Inhambane province is all currently used in SA and in Mozambique itself, and the huge offshore gas fields in the far north will not be in production until at least 2018.
Mozambiquan Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi said they had also discussed the use of Maputo for Swazi exports. “We spoke of the need for greater rationalisation of the various terminals to allow greater use of the port for Swaziland’s exports,” he said. Swaziland is particularly interested in increasing its sugar exports.
Baloi said the two delegations had reached agreement on supplying Swaziland with electricity and fuel, and “when the opportunity arises, this memorandum will include the supply of natural gas”.
They had also reviewed the operation of the Goba frontier post between Swaziland and Mozambique 24-hours-a-day, and the suppression of entry visas. They concluded that these two measures “are contributing greatly to the circulation of people and goods”.
Fakudze pointed out that trucks heading for Maputo Port are not yet using Goba – instead they pass through SA and enter Mozambique at the Ressano Garcia border post.
“We want to send trucks to Maputo via Goba, but the Mozambiquan side tell us that is impossible because there is no scanner at Goba,” he said.
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