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.
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.
In Mozambique, the consortium bringing together EDF and TotalEnergies is currently negotiating concession agreements for the Mphanda Nkuwa dam construction project.
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.
Resumption of work on the Cabo Delgado liquefaction plant could still be postponed in the wake of a humanitarian assessment commissioned by TotalEnergies and in light of geopolitical and financial considerations.