Lilongwe – A meeting between representatives of French oil giant Total and Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi last week ended in a resolution that the company returns to the Southern African country to resume development of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.
The meeting was held in Paris where African leaders were invited to discuss the continent’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
Total chairperson and CEO Mr Patrick Pouyanné said, “We are going to return, and we have full confidence that the Government of Mozambique is working towards, and will be able to restore security. Total remains committed to its project in Mozambique. Natural gas is in great demand. For the planet, it is important energy, it is a priority, that is why we remain committed.”
Total evacuated employees from its liquefied natural gas project in northern Mozambique weeks ago as insurgents attacked a town nearby, throwing Africa’s biggest private investment into turmoil.
The Southern African Development Community is expected to make a determination soon on what kind of support should be given to Mozambique to help it end the Islamic State-linked insurgency that started in 2017 and has claimed more than 2,500 lives and displaced more than 700,000 people.