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Mozambique: Total provides means for maritime food transport

Total has allocated two boats to transport food to Palma communities isolated by the collapse of the Montepuez bridge in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, in December 2019.

“In order to address this situation, the Mozambique LNG Project, led by Total, has rented two boats with a view to re-establishing communication and transporting food [to the communities],” a Total communique distributed to the press yesterday reads.

Bad weather in Cabo Delgado recently cut the main road in the north of the province, with the collapse of the bridge over the Montepuez River isolating several districts.

Total is transporting food, fuel and other supplies to the affected communities, in addition to ensuring the continuation of work on the natural gas project in Afungi.

“This effective solution not only allowed for a quick resumption of operations, but also allowed the project to support our closest neighbours when they needed it most,” the company adds.

Total project facilities in Afungi include an aerodrome that took 18 months to build and came into use in February this year. It is considered a “significant milestone” for the LNG project, greatly reducing costs and enhancing security.

In addition to destroying infrastructures, the bad weather in Cabo Delgado affected more than 10,000 people.

Mozambique is affected every year between the months of November and April by cyclonic winds from the Indian Ocean and floods originating in the hydrographic basins of Southern Africa.

The current rainy season has already killed 54 people, mainly through lightning and floods, and affected around 65,000, many with flooded homes, according to data from the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC).

Total leads the Mozambique LNG project, the first onshore liquefied natural gas venture to exploit the reserves of the Rovuma basin in the north of the country, starting in 2024 with two liquefaction modules and with a nominal capacity of 12.88 million tons per year.

The French oil major leads the consortium with a 26.5% share, alongside the Japanese Mitsui (20%) and Mozambique’s state-owned oil and gas company ENH (15%), Indian ONGC (10%) and its subsidiary Beas (10%), Bharat Petro Resources (10%) and Thai PTTEP (8.5%).

Source: Lusa via Club of Mozambique

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