With East Africa emerging as a significant oil and gas region, WorleyParsons is seeing renewed interest in countries such as Mozambique. In recent years the company’s presence in the country has transformed from a project support office into a standalone business with the head office in Maputo and a branch in Pemba, Cabo Delgado.
Over the last 13 years, WorleyParsons has provided engineering and project management services to many of Mozambique’s largest developments from ROMPCO’s 865 km, 26” gas pipeline from Temane gas fields to Sasol’s Gas-To-Liquids facility in Secunda, to Vale/CDN’s Railway Corridor linking the Moatize coal basin to Nacala Port some 900 km away.
The Nacala Railway Corridor in particular is a flagship project for WorleyParsons Mozambique Lda that has enabled the company to build a strong team and reputation in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. At the peak of the Nacala rail construction in 2015, WorleyParsons Mozambique Lda had 145 professionals in-country.
Other projects that WorleyParsons has contributed to is the development of the Anadarko Area 1 Gas Field and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant including early infrastructure master planning, design of the resettlement village, pre-FEED (front end engineering design) and FEED oversight of the subsea instructure. WorleyParsons also designed the subsea risers for ENI’s Coral field supplying gas for their Floating LNG facility, the first LNG project in Mozambique to reach financial close.
Furthermore, WorleyParsons has provided a variety of planning and construction supervision services for the completion of Syrah Resources’ Balama Graphite mine, the largest flake graphite mine in the world today. WorleyParsons’ leading electricity sector expertise has been successfully applied on the Kuvaninga 40MW Gas Engine Power Plant, recently commissioned in Mozambique.
The Mozambique operations is well supported by WorleyParsons’ project delivery hub in Johannesburg, South Africa. WorleyParsons Mozambique Lda also has direct access to specialists from WorleyParsons’ global Centres of Excellence, enabling the local operations to provide a full range of engineering, procurement, and project and construction management services in Mozambique. The company works with its customers across all stages of the asset lifecycle from the assessment of potential project opportunities to the operating, maintenance and improvement of assets within the hydrocarbons; power; minerals, metals, and chemicals; and infrastructure and environment sectors.
The project delivery company is committed to building a strong, sustainable engineering and project services business in Mozambique. “We believe that building local capacity and capabilities is the right thing to do – that it makes business sense when it is done in a sustainable manner,” says Ryan Froude, WorleyParsons’ Country Director for Mozambique.
WorleyParsons Mozambique presently has a teaming agreement with Consultec, a wholly owned Mozambican engineering consulting company. WorleyParsons and Consultec are successfully working together on projects in hydrocarbons, mining, power and related infrastructure in Mozambique.
The WorleyParsons team has also been actively involved in a number of corporate social activities to uplift the lives of the Mozambican people living in the immediate vicinity of the projects. These social activities coupled with a ‘Localisation Training and Development Programme’ have ensured that WorleyParsons continues to leave a legacy that promotes the well-being of all Mozambicans.