Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of oil and gas supermajor, TotalEnergies, met with the President of Mozambique, H.E. Filipe Nyusi, to discuss the humanitarian situation in the country’s northern Cabo Delgado region and assess the resumption of work at the energy company’s Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project.
“Since 2021, the situation in Cabo Delgado province has improved significantly, thanks in particular to the support provided by the African countries that committed themselves to restore peace and security,” stated Pouyanné.
“The lifting of force majeure and the resumption of activities at the Mozambique LNG project site require, in particular, the restoration of security in the region, the resumption of public services and the return to normal life for the people of the region,” added Pouyanné.
As part of his visit on 3 February, Pouyanné visited the Afungi industrial site of the stalled $20 billion LNG project, which is situated in proximity to the town of Palma, where an insurgency in 2021 led to TotalEnergies declaring force majeure on the liquefaction plant, with operations being halted and personnel being withdrawn in the wake of a security risk.
Serving as Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, the Mozambique LNG project comprises the development of the Golfinho and Atum fields, located in the country’s Offshore Area 1 Block of the deepwater Rovuma Basin, as well as the construction of two liquefaction trains with a combined capacity of 13.1 million tons per year.