There is a fierce battle for catering contracts in Mozambique afoot. While TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil's major projects are currently stalled, French firms have already selected local businessmen to help position themselves for future gas developments.
The oil majors, Total, ENI and ExxonMobil, are continuing to exert pressure on the state to avoid having to meet strong local content requirements. The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy is to take advice from a consulting company on the subject.
Total's arrival in Mozambique in September 2019, which marked a high point in France's efforts to establish its presence in the southern African country, was only the cherry on the cake of a wider-ranging campaign in which French banks and companies were already heavily involved.
After being bottom on the list of the Frelimo government's concerns since the development of the giant Rovuma Basin gas reserves began in 2010, local content is creeping back up in the pecking order. The question now is whether it