Mozambique set to share gas revenue in ‘tuna bond’ restructuring

Mozambique has reached an agreement with creditors to restructure a 726.5 million dollars Eurobond, including extending maturities and sharing future revenues from huge offshore gas projects, the finance ministry said on Tuesday.

Mozambique has been battling to recover from a debt crisis after admitting in 2016 to 1.4 billion dollars of previously undisclosed lending, much of which was supposed to be spent on a tuna fishing fleet.

The disclosure prompted the International Monetary Fund and foreign donors to cut off support, triggering a currency collapse and leading to a debt default. Mozambique has since missed bond repayments.

The finance ministry said the proposed restructuring would see bondholders receive new paper maturing in 2033, with principal repayments beginning in 2029.

Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin boasts gas resources of around 180 trillion cubic feet, enough to underpin massive liquefied natural gas export plants under development by global energy firms including Exxon Mobil, Anadarko and Eni .

Source: P.M. News

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