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    TotalEnergies appoints human rights expert to assess situation in Mozambique


The French major is looking restart work on the Mozambique LNG export project.

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TotalEnergies appoints human rights expert to assess situation in Mozambique

TotalEnergies has tasked Jean-Christophe Rufin, a human rights expert, to assess the humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado province, which is the proposed site for the Mozambique LNG project, the company said on February 6.

The company said that the expert will evaluate the actions taken by Mozambique LNG and will propose any additional actions to be implemented, if required. "The report of this mission will be delivered at the end of February and its conclusions will be shared with all Mozambique LNG's partners, who shall decide whether the conditions are met for resuming project activities,” TotalEnergies said.


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TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne visited the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique to review the security and humanitarian situation. He visited the Afungi industrial site, the resettlement village of Quitunda, the towns of Palma and Mocimboa da Praia and met with president Filipe Nyusi to discuss the security and humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado province, where the Mozambique LNG project is located.

The French major in April 2021 had decided to withdraw all project personnel from the Afungi site due to deteriorating human right condition. A force majeure was declared after an attack on the town of Palma.

“Since 2021, the situation in Cabo Delgado province has improved significantly, thanks in particular to the support provided by the African countries that committed themselves to restore peace and security," said Pouyanne.

“The lifting of the force majeure and the resumption of activities at the Mozambique LNG project site require, in particular the restoration of security in the region, the resumption of public services and the return to normal life for the people of the region. The mission entrusted to Jean-Christophe Rufin should enable Mozambique LNG's partners to assess whether the current situation allows for a resumption of activities while respecting human rights,” he added.

Mozambique LNG project includes the development of the Golfinho and Atum fields located in offshore Area 1 and the construction of two liquefaction trains with a total capacity of 13.1mn metric tons/year.
TotalEnergies holds a 26.5% interest in the project alongside ENH (15%), Mitsui (20%), ONGC Videsh (10%), Beas (10%), BPRL Ventures (10%), and PTTEP (8.5%).

Mozambique shipped its first LNG cargo in November last year. Eni's Coral Sul FLNG has a gas liquefaction capacity of 3.4mn metric tons/year and will put in production 450bn m3 of gas from the Coral reservoir, located in the offshore Rovuma basin. Coral Sul FLNG is the first floating LNG facility ever deployed in the deep waters of the African continent.