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“We will return,” says Total’s chairman after meeting with Nyusi in Paris

“Total chairman and CEO Patrick  Pouyanné guarantees that the il company is only waiting for security conditions to be restored to resume activities in Mozambique, VOA portugues reports.

Pouyanné assured the Mozambican President that the company  will resume activities in the province of Cabo Delgado, as soon as security conditions are restored.

“In fact, we are working. There was this incident in Palma, Cabo Delgado province, which is a security issue. But, I want to ensure that we had to take security measures. Our commitment remains, “said Patrick Pouyanné, speaking to Mozambican journalists who followed the meeting between him and President Filipe Nyusi on Monday, 17, in Paris.

“We are going to return and we have full confidence in the Government of Mozambique that is working and will be able to restore security and we will be there,” stressed Pouyanné, who justified the suspension of activities and the withdrawal of his employees with insecurity, saying that “we are for safety, especially people’s safety “.

On the occasion, and in reply to questions from journalists, the head of Total denied information circulated that the company was considering abandoning the $ 20 billion project in the exploration of natural gas in Cabo Delgado.

“Total remains committed to its project in Mozambique. Natural gas is in great demand in the world for the planet, it is important energy, it is a priority, that is why we remain committed ”, said Patrick Pouyanné.

President Filipe Nyusi did not make any statements, but the subject should be the central theme of the conversation tonight between him and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.

The French press, citing sources at the Elysee Palace, says that Macron should propose to the Mozambican President that French troops be deployed on the ground in order to guarantee the security of the multimillion-dollar investment.

Suspension of activities

A month after the March 24 attack on the village of Palma, Total confirmed on April 26 that it had withdrawn all of its personnel from the northern province of Cabo Delgado “for reasons of force majeure”.

“Considering the evolution of the security situation in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, in Mozambique, Total confirms the withdrawal of all personnel from the Mozambique LNG project, from the Afungi site”, says the energy giant in a statement in which it considers that “This situation leads Total, as operator of the Mozambique LNG project, to declare force majeure”.

The company reiterated, however, “its solidarity with the Government and people of Mozambique and wishes that the actions carried out by the Government of Mozambique and its regional and international partners allow the restoration of security and stability in the province of Cabo Delgado in a sustained manner ”.



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