The natural gas liquefaction projects in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado will generate at least 10,000 direct jobs by 2025.
According to the General Counsel of Total Energies, and Total’s country chairperson for Mozambique, Maxime Rabilloud, so far this year 6,000 direct jobs have been created, thanks to the links between the French oil and gas company and the Mozambican government.
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Speaking after an audience granted by the Minister of Labour, Margarida Talapa, Rabilloud stressed that, in the scope of the LNG (liquefied natural gas) project, the approach in the creation of jobs privileges the population of the Cabo Delgado district of Palma, where the liquefaction plants will be built.
According to Rabilloud, help is being provided to young people in the creation of small and medium enterprises, formed mainly by graduates of the Alberto Cassimo Institute of Professional Training and Labor Studies (IFPELAC).
For her part, Talapa said that, despite the setback caused by the terrorist attacks in the province, the government is making efforts to restore security and stability in Cabo Delgado.
Talapa showed the willingness of the government to coordinate with Total Energies in order to resume the LNG project in the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of Palma district. The project was halted when Total Energies declared “force majeure” in response to a terrorist attack against Palma town in March 2021.
Talapa declared that the LNG project is strategic for Mozambique, mainly because of the job opportunities that will be created, the training of Mozambicans in the oil and gas industries, and the attraction of more investments in various economic areas.
Talapa highlighted the recent government approval of the general revision of the Labour Law, as a way to attract foreign direct investment. The new labour law is awaiting approval by the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic.