The statement was made by Pilona Miranda Chongo, Deputy National Director of Fuels of Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy in an interview with NGVJournal.com. The officer led the delegation that visited Buenos Aires, Argentina this week including a meeting at the Argentine Chamber of CNG, a tour to companies of different segments and a gathering at the headquarters of NGV Communications Group, the organizers of the first African NGV event to be held on November 17-20 in Johannesburg.
“We have the obligation to make the widespread use of CNG in our country a reality and change our energy grid. We must stop importing fuels and take advantage of the enormous natural gas resources Mozambique has for this one and other applications,” Chongo said, as part of the program guideline her country is implementing and the reason why she came to Argentina, e.g. to learn more about the local experience in CNG use and also the manufacture and export of NGV equipment.
It is worth mentioning that the official delegation was received by the Argentine Chamber of CNG last Monday and had the opportunity to exchange ideas regarding trade and legislation issues. On Tuesday, the specialists from Mozambique were able to tour premises of manufacturers of compressors, turnkey refueling stations, mobile gas pipeline systems, kits producers and a dispensing station in operation. The tour included visits to Galileo, TA, Agira and a Gas Natural Fenosa filling station.
Today, Pilona Chongo -along with Natalia Teodoro Simango, Chief of Department of Licensing and Technical Support of the Mozambique’s Ministry for Energy- had a meeting at NGV Communications Group’s offices in Buenos Aires.
Finally, Pilona Chongo said the exchange with Argentina have been underway for some time since there are CNG stations and conversion centers operating in Mozambique which feature imported equipment. The official also informed that a five-year program is being carried out and will involve technical experts from Argentina that will travel to the African country in order to train local staff to help push the NGV comprehensive project, which is already a burgeoning state policy.