Cabo Delgado: a gas Eldorado and security nightmare
Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique. © Africa Intelligence

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Cabo Delgado: a gas Eldorado and security nightmare

The development of Cabo Delgado province's vast gas resources has brought with it the emergence of an armed insurgency, one that is yet to be clearly defined but is already impinging on Total and ExxonMobil's operations there. As the conflict worsens, President Filipe Nyusi has been prompted to seek foreign help.

Cabo Delgado: a gas Eldorado and security nightmare
Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique. © Africa Intelligence

Mozambique
Rwandan firms flourish in Cabo Delgado thanks to TotalEnergies

Kigali's military intervention to help secure gas projects in northern Mozambique is paying dividends for Rwandan construction firms.

Free access Energy 28.06.2024

Spotlight | Mozambique
Mozambique LNG: US election thwarts TotalEnergies' plans

US election uncertainty has frozen Exim Bank's decision on resuming financing of the Mozambique LNG project, but the French major could decide to dispense with their support for now.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry and Patrick Pouyanne at the VivaTech annual trade fair in Paris on 23 May 2024.
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Former US Secretary of State John Kerry and Patrick Pouyanne at the VivaTech annual trade fair in Paris on 23 May 2024.

Spotlight | Mozambique
In Daniel Francisco Chapo, FRELIMO picks convenient unknown as presidential candidate

A bit player in the party that's been in power since independence, the governor of Inhambane Province would be closely watched by the current head of state if he were to win in October.

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi (left) with Daniel Francisco Chapo in Matola, 7 May 2024.
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Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi (left) with Daniel Francisco Chapo in Matola, 7 May 2024.

Spotlight | Mozambique
EU split over further funding for Rwandan troops in Cabo Delgado

Kigali has requested €20m from the European Union for Rwandan forces deployed operating in the north of the country, but some EU member states have misgivings.

Rwandan soldiers patrol in Palma in Cabo Delgado province, 17 December 2023.
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Rwandan soldiers patrol in Palma in Cabo Delgado province, 17 December 2023.

Spotlight | Mozambique
TotalEnergies pleads with US EXIM Bank to release promised Mozambique LNG funding

The French major's senior management team, led by Patrick Pouyanné, is having nightmares over the financing of the two gas liquefaction trains it is having built on the Afungi Peninsula plant. Some lenders, including the US's EXIM Bank, still fear that security issues could endanger the colossal €20bn project.

TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné in Paris on 8 January 2024.
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TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné in Paris on 8 January 2024.

Mozambique
SADC special forces begin Cabo Delgado withdrawal

A first SADC military contingent has withdrawn from northern Mozambique, and the rest are due to follow suit by the end of July.

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Mozambique, Rwanda
Nyusi in urgent security talks with Kagame

The Mozambican president recently made a discreet trip to Kigali to meet his Rwandan counterpart. Their positive working relationship is centred around security and gas issues in Cabo Delgado.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi in Prague, Czech Republic on 8 August 2023.
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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi in Prague, Czech Republic on 8 August 2023.

Spotlight | Mozambique
Mozambique LNG: TotalEnergies decision on force majeure imminent

The level of activity at the huge gas project in Cabo Delgado province suggests that legal barriers to an official resumption of work there could soon be lifted. But the French major is facing reservations from financial backers.

TotalEnergies CEO & Chairman Patrick Pouyanné in Paris on 8 January 2024.
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TotalEnergies CEO & Chairman Patrick Pouyanné in Paris on 8 January 2024.

Spotlight | Madagascar, Mozambique
From Maputo to Antananarivo, new graphite sector in turmoil

Following the introduction of restrictions on graphite exports by China, buyers are turning to Madagascar and Mozambique, which have substantial reserves. Development is being hampered, however, by the security situation in Cabo Delgado and governance problems in Madagascar.

An origami crane made of graphene at Zhejiang University, China, 14 June 2017.
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An origami crane made of graphene at Zhejiang University, China, 14 June 2017.

Mozambique
What next for EU training mission in Cabo Delgado?

The Mozambique mission has reached the end of its mandate and is waiting for new orders from the European Council.

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Mozambique
TotalEnergies eyes January for Mozambique LNG relaunch

TotalEnergies is tentatively planning to relaunch Mozambique LNG next January if the security situation permits the long-awaited resumption of work on the site in Cabo Delgado province .

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Spotlight | Mozambique
Mozambique LNG: army chief and defence minister's differing views on lifting of 'force majeure'

An announcement from French major TotalEnergies that it is ready to restart work in the Afungi Peninsula has been expected for months but does not have unanimous support among the Mozambican authorities, particularly those responsible for the country's security forces.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, wearing military fatigues, on 24 September 2021 in Pemba, Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, during a visit with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, wearing military fatigues, on 24 September 2021 in Pemba, Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, during a visit with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Mozambique
Maputo lobbies EU for lethal arms to combat Cabo Delgado insurgents

The Mozambican armed forces are hoping to obtain lethal weaponry in addition to the military equipment that the Europeans are already supplying.

Free access Defence, Diplomacy 06.10.2023

Mozambique
Discord between TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil on LNG in Afungi

TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil, the two majors operating the two gas projects in Cabo Delgado, are unable to find common ground. The French company would like to reopen negotiations, unlike the American company.

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Mozambique
Mozambique seeking attack drones for Cabo Delgado

To support its troops battling insurgents in Cabo Delgado, the Mozambican military is looking for attack drones. After rejecting Turkish UAVs because of supply delays, it is now looking at Chinese suppliers. France's I-SEE Group may also throw its hat into the ring.

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Spotlight | Mozambique
TotalEnergies pressured into restarting work on Mozambique LNG

French oil major TotalEnergies should end the suspense in a matter of weeks. The resumption of work on its gas liquefaction plant is now expected shortly by its numerous contractors and the Mozambican government.

Patrick Pouyanné in Paris, 29 August 2023.
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Patrick Pouyanné in Paris, 29 August 2023.

Mozambique
In rare alliance, EDF and TotalEnergies team up to build Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric dam

In Mozambique, the consortium bringing together EDF and TotalEnergies is currently negotiating concession agreements for the Mphanda Nkuwa dam construction project.

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Mozambique
EUTM-Mozambique military training mission set to be extended

In an attempt to address the difficulties being experienced by Mozambican special forces in Cabo Delgado, the mandate of the European training mission looks likely to be renewed.

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Mozambique
Ex-Tullow top exec Tim O'Hanlon to advise True North

Tim O'Hanlon, who headed up Tullow Oil's African operations for thirty years, is starting a new chapter with True North, a service provider that is working with TotalEnergies in Mozambique.

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Spotlight | Mozambique
Intelligence and military exasperated by omnipresent Rwandan forces in Cabo Delgado

The near 2,500 Rwandan soldiers and police officers deployed in Cabo Delgado province are increasingly unpopular within the Mozambican armed forces. However, they continue to have the support of the local population.

A Rwandan soldier patrols in Mocímboa da Praia, in the Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, on 27 September 2022.
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A Rwandan soldier patrols in Mocímboa da Praia, in the Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, on 27 September 2022.


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