(Boursier.com) — Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, traveled today to Mozambique in the province of Cabo Delgado to take stock of the security and humanitarian situation. He went to the industrial site of Afungi, the “resettlement village” of Quitunda, visited the cities of Palma and Mocimboa da Praia and met President Filipe Nyusi to discuss the evolution of the security and humanitarian situation. in the province of Cabo Delgado, where the Mozambique LNG project is located.
During this visit, Patrick Pouyanné indicated that he had entrusted Jean-Christophe Rufin, a personality recognized for his expertise in the fields of humanitarian action and human rights, with an independent mission to assess the humanitarian situation in the province of Cabo Delgado. This mission will also assess the actions taken by Mozambique LNG and will, if necessary, propose additional actions to be implemented. The report of this mission will be submitted at the end of February and its conclusions will be shared with all of Mozambique LNG’s partners, who will be responsible for deciding whether the conditions are met for a resumption of project activities.
On April 26, 2021, given the evolution of the security situation in the north of Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique LNG decided to withdraw all project personnel from the Afungi site. This situation had also led the Mozambique LNG project partners to declare force majeure.
“Since 2021, the situation in the province of Cabo Delgado has improved significantly, thanks in particular to the aid provided by African countries that are committed to restoring peace and security, said Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies. The lifting of force majeure and the resumption of activities on the Mozambique LNG project site require in particular the restoration of security in the region, the resumption of the operation of public services and the return to normal life for the populations of the region. The mission entrusted to Jean-Christophe Rufin should allow Mozambique LNG’s partners to assess whether the current situation allows a resumption of activities with respect for human rights.”
Mozambique LNG is the first onshore development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the country. The project includes the development of the Golfinho and Atum fields located in Offshore Area 1 and the construction of two liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 13.1 million tonnes per year (Mt/y).
TotalEnergies EP Mozambique Area 1 Limitada, a 100% subsidiary of Total SE, holds a 26.5% interest alongside ENH Rovuma Área Um, SA (15%), Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area1 Limited (20%), ONGC Videsh Rovuma Limited (10%), Beas Rovuma Energy Mozambique Limited (10%), BPRL Ventures Mozambique BV (10%), and PTTEP Mozambique Area 1 Limited (8.5%).