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.
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.
WBHO is pulling out all the stops at Afungi, which will soon become the largest liquefied gas processing zone in Africa. But the French major TotalEnergies, which is in charge of the development of the site, is playing it safe.
A review of the socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the northern province has rattled the energy firms involved in the Afungi peninsula in Mozambique, where the future liquefaction trains will be located. They fear they will face increased costs if its recommendations are implemented.
The European and US energy giants learnt early on that to gain access to QatarEnergy's huge gas projects they would have to include the Qatari company in all their African and Latin American deals.