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Total re-tenders for Mozambique logistics base contractor

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French oil company Total is seeking expressions of interest for Logistics Base Services to support its deep-water drilling operations offshore Mozambique, for a second time.

Total is looking for a local company to provide a warehouse, land freight carrier and handling and lifting equipment, including forklift trucks, cranes, containers and “baskets” – as well as a team of qualified personnel to manage operations at the base – for when it starts drilling operations at Area 3 in the Rovuma Basin later this year.

The provider must be ready to receive and store the first cargoes in September 2017, and for the logistics base to be fully operational by October 2017, according to the tender published on 10 April in local newspaper Notícias.

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 19 April 2017.

Total had already launched a call for tender for logistics base services in early July 2016, with the intention to start drilling in February or March 2017. However, the company is now rescheduled drilling operations to start later in the year.

Areas 3 and 6, which Total took operatorship of in April 2016 from Malaysian national oil company Petronas, are the southernmost exploration blocks to have been granted in the Rovuma Basin.

Further north, touching the maritime border with Tanzania, Anadarko and Eni have gas-rich offshore blocks which will be used to feed giant liquefied natural gas export projects.

Petronas only drilled one well on Areas 3 and 6 during its 2012-2013 drilling campaign, which did not yield any commercial reserves.

The Malaysian NOC used the port of Nacala as the logistics base for its operations, with France’s Bolloré Africa Logistics awarded the logistics contract. However Zitamar understands Total would prefer to use Pemba, which is a less developed port, but slightly closer to the two blocks.

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