A special envoy from Mozambique on Thursday paid a courtesy call on President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare and issues of boosting the capacity of the Feruka oil pipeline for transportation of more fuel into the country through the Beira corridor were discussed.

The special envoy comprised of Mozambique’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesqueita, the Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Francisco Cigarro, Ports and Railways Company Chief Executive, Director for International Cooperation and the Deputy Director for Logistics and Private Transport Sector Development.

Minister Mesqueita also had a message to deliver to President Mnangagwa from his Mozambican counterpart President Nyusi.

Emerging from the meeting, Minister Mesqueita confirmed plans to increase cooperation on the management and expansion of the pipeline, a development expected to drastically reduce fuel transportation costs for Zimbabwe.

The development comes after the National Oil and Infrastructure Company (NOIC) earlier this year announced plans to upgrade the Feruka Oil Pipeline to increase fuel transportation capacity into the country.

About 90 percent of the fuel consumed in Zimbabwe is transported through the Feruka oil pipeline while the balance is transported by rail and road using tankers, which are often blamed for damaging roads.