Beira terminal launch boosts SADC fuel supplies

Engen Beira CorridorBy SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) - THE recent launch of the Beira Terminal in Mozambique is
poised to strategically boost the energy supply chain in the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) region.

Following the launch, Engen, a leading African energy multinational, has
significantly increased its supply capacity to a number of countries in the

The 24 000m³ Beira Terminal will supply petrol, diesel and lubricants to the main
hubs in Mozambique, as well as to other countries in Southern Africa where Engen has

“We’ve tested railway capabilities from Beira to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and to
Francistown in Botswana, which was very successful. In essence this means that we
can take some pressure off of our Durban Refinery and supply Botswana and Zimbabwe
directly from our new depot,” said Drikus Kotze, General Manager of Engen’s
International Business Division.

Kotze said the investment reaffirmed Engen’s strong commitment to the Mozambican
market and the African continent.

 “Where others have disinvested in search of more profitable upstream opportunities
elsewhere, Engen has invested extensively in these regions, supplying
infrastructure, harnessing local skills and business partnerships, and giving back
to the communities in which we operate,” said Kotze.

Teodomiro Sarmento, Managing Director of Engen Mozambique, said the depot’s
strategic value is to ensure we meet our growth and future market share targets and
to establish another supply corridor into Southern Africa. 

“This will ensure security of supply for Engen’s operations there. Having sufficient
capacity in the region will reduce our dependency on third parties, lessen our cost
of supply through pipeline, and improve efficiencies,” said Sarmento.

Sarmento said further investments are planned in future to increase the depot
capacity in line with market demand. 

Engen started operations in Mozambique in 1996. Over the past 19 years, the company
has built up a retail network and a diverse portfolio of commercial customers,
including global mining giants Vale do Rio Doce and Rio Tinto, which has since sold
its operations to International Coal Ventures Ltd (ICVL), an Indian company. 

Currently, Engen’s operations cover the main hubs in the three geographic regions of

The company also operates service stations from Maputo Province in the south to Tete
in the Centre. 

Expansion plans will cover growth areas, in northern Mozambique, particularly in
Nacala and Pemba, and the main corridors. 

– CAJ News 


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