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IMOPETRO seeks new fuel supplier

The Importadora Moçambicana de Petróleos de Moçambique (IMOPETRO) has just launched a public tender for a new fuel supplier to the country covering the three months, September to November.

For this purpose, IMOPETRO has scheduled for this week the opening of proposals in order to determine pre-qualified companies and evaluate the technical and financial requirements proposed by the competing companies.

According to IMOPETRO Director General João Macandja, the tender is governed by international procedures and rules similar to those specified in the World Bank guidelines, namely Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits.

“The selection criterion for the next entity responsible for importing fuel will be the best price, safety and reliability,” he said.
Macandja said that Mozambique would import 575,000 metric tons of fuel to meet the country’s needs over the three-month period in question.

“We intend to import 150,000 tons of gasoline, 400,000 of diesel, and 25,000 of gas. These refined petroleum products will be distributed from the ports of Maputo, Beira, Nacala and Pemba,” he said.

Macandja remarked that all liquid fuel on sale in Mozambique (diesel, gasoline and jet fuel), and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG – cooking gas), is imported by sea in dedicated freighters.

The process is by law centralised in a single entity, IMOPETRO, which is owned by the distributors of petroleum products operating in the country.

“Contrary to what has happened in other tenders, in which the country imports enough fuel to supply the market for six months, the new contract provides for the acquisition of petroleum products that cover national needs for three months,” he noted.



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