LNG News Editor:
French energy major Total said resumption of a full work programme scheduled at the Mozambique LNG export project had been postponed after another attack by extremists in the north of Cabo Delgado province.
Total has now reduced the workforce to a bare minimum at the liquefaction plant site on the Afungi Peninsula near the port of Pemba.
The Mozambique government said fighting in the region linked to an Islamist insurgency was concentrated at the town Palma, near the border with Tanzania and 400km (248 miles) north of Pemba.
“Total trusts the government of Mozambique whose public security forces are currently working to take back the control of the area,” stated the French company.
The Mozambican government has now arranged additional security, including a 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) buffer zone around the site of the liquefaction plant.
The French company has been gradually “remobilising” the project’s workforce and contractors at the site.
“The government of Mozambique has declared the area within a 25km perimeter surrounding the Mozambique LNG project as a special security area,” said Total.
The Total-led project includes the development of the Golfinho and Atum gas fields located within offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin.
The liquefaction plant site had already been cleared for construction when Total acquired it from Occidental Petroleum in an almost $4 billion deal in November 2019 for a 26.5 percent operated interest previously held by Anadarko Petroleum.
Total has initially planned to build two liquefaction Trains, each with capacity of 6.45 million tonnes power annum, and with the possibility of up to two additional Trains and overall output of 25 MTPA.
The Rovuma Basin Area 1 licence has estimated resources of more than 60 trillion cubic feet of gas resources of which 36 Tcf could be developed for a four-Train plant.
The Area 1 shareholders in addition to Total include Mozambican state-owned energy company ENH with 15 percent.
Japan’s Mitsui & Co. has a 20 percent stake, while Indian companies, ONGC Videsh, Bharat PetroResources and Beas Rovuma Energy each hold 10 percent and Thailand’s PTTEP 8.5 percent.