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.
With the exception of Namibia and Mozambique, Africa has ceased to be attractive to US oil companies, which are gradually withdrawing from the market. This strategy is the opposite of that adopted by the Chinese and Russians, which are continuing to push ahead.
Rwanda's intervention in Cabo Delgado should soon enable the French major TotalEnergies to resume its huge liquefied natural gas project in the region. But in the face of the rising mission costs, several options are on the table to support the Rwandan military effort financially.