Following recent terrorist activity in Mozambique, Total E&P Mozambique Area 1, operator of the Mozambique LNG project, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mozambique Government to create security.
Under the MoU, a joint task force (JTF) will be set up to ensure the project’s safety. Mozambique LNG will provide logistical support to the JTF, while the Government said that it will act according to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR).
Mozambique’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, HE Ernesto Max Elias Tonela, said; “We are proud to continue working with the Mozambique LNG project to ensure the country benefits from its presence.
“The MoU bolsters security measures and endeavours to create a safe operating environment for partners like Total, which enables their ongoing investment in Mozambican industry, for small and medium enterprises and for our communities,” he said.
Ronan Bescond, Total’s Mozambique Country Chair, added: “In recognition of the benefits the Mozambique LNG project will bring to local communities, the country, and all parties involved in the project, Total and the Government of Mozambique are committed to enable steady progress towards a successful delivery of the project.
“In view of the security situation in the Province of Cabo Delgado, our priority is to ensure the security of our workforce, many of whom reside in neighbouring communities, and of the project operations. On behalf of our Area 1 partners, we appreciate the support provided by the Government of Mozambique for the secure delivery of the project,” he said.
Total E&P Mozambique Area 1 Limitada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Total, operates Mozambique LNG with a 26.5% participating interest.