Total SE has removed workers from the Mozambique LNG plant under construction in the northern part of the country with Islamic militant attacks encroaching ever closer to the US$30 billion project.
Reports said that while the heavily guarded LNG facility had not been breached yet by the insurgents, a recent attack was launched on a town which is located less than 5km away from the gas processing site.
Total SE has taken every precaution to protect workers and said it was continuously reviewing the situation at Africa’s biggest investment.
Mozambique has battled to curtail the insurgency in the Cabo Delgado region that is believed to have claimed about 2,500 lives with and 500,000 people forced to flee their homes.
The LNG plant was set to start production in 2024, but has been set back by COVID-19 cases in April which suspended work until June. A fresh outbreak of the virus was also detected in November, according to news website @Verdade.