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Total Halts Construction at the Mozambique LNG site as Violence Builds Nearby

Total of France stated in late March that it had to postpone new construction work at its LNG project in Mozambique due to a deadly attack in a nearby town.  This cessation of activity follows an announcement from Total just a week prior where the Mozambique government had agreed to improved security around the project.

The violence began in late March as terrorist attacked the nearby town of Palma and is the latest in a string of insurgencies in the area since late 2017. Total made a statement reiterating that construction will resume, as “Total trusts the government of Mozambique, whose public security forces are currently working to take back the control of the area.” Total has not stated when works on the $20 billion LNG will resume, and the project’s anticipated start date of 2024 could be affected by this geopolitical event. Both this project and Exxon’s nearby Rovuma LNG project in Palma could see delays until the violence is controlled.

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