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Zitamar News provides reliable and intelligent daily news and analysis on Mozambique’s economy, politics, and business sectors, with a particular focus on the extractive industry. Zitamar News is written and edited in Maputo by Tom Bowker and Leigh Elston, and by Gavriel Hollander in London - with contributions from a network of reporters in Mozambique and the region. Read more here. To contact the editors, including leads or tips in confidence, please email: news@zitamar.com

Hidden Debts dossier
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Boustani trial provides ‘roadmap’ for future claims despite jury’s acquittal

The acquittal of Privinvest’s Jean Boustani of three counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering has disappointed many who want to see repercussions for those who arranged Mozambique’s ‘hidden debts’ — but it is not the end of legal claims and [...]

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Rehabilitated Palma Airstrip to open in December under new concessionaire

The public airstrip in Palma, Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, should reopen by the end of December following the rehabilitation of the runway by a Kenyan-owned aviation company. Palma district administrator Valige [...]

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Maputo Port denies ‘hidden debts’ payment claim

The Maputo Port Development Company has said it has full confidence in its chief executive, Osorio Lucas, who was last week accused of taking money from Lebanese shipbuilder Privinvest as part of the ‘hidden debts’ deals done by that company in Mozambique. The [...]

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Coal
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Construction of Macuse port and rail to start next year, concessionaire says

A $3.2 billion project to build new port in Zambezia province and a 639-kilometre railway linking it with coalfields in Tete will begin at the end of next year, Orlando Marques, the CEO of Thai Mozambique Logistics (TML) told Zitamar News. However, the concessionaire and the Ministry of [...]

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Electricity
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Total plans start importing LNG into Mozambique by end of 2022 

French oil major Total and South Africa’s Gigajoule plan to take a final investment decision (FID) on an LNG-to-power project in Matola, southern Mozambique by mid-2020, with the aim of bringing the project online by the end of [...]

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Oil & Gas
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Minister’s assurance of ENH LNG financing, more optimism than guarantee

The Government of Mozambique announced on Friday that it had secured foreign funding for several "strategic projects" at the 2019 African Investment Forum (AIF), including $1.2 billion for state oil company  ENH to fund its stake in the Area 1 LNG project in the Rovuma Basin. "The [...]

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Conservation
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Public consultation closes on Sasol’s controversial Bazaruto exploration plans 

Residents and environmental groups in Inhambane are challenging plans by South African energy company Sasol to start exploring for oil and gas near the Bazaruto archipelago. Groups have raised concerns that tourism, fishing and the marine life around the islands - which are an important [...]

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