French energy major Total has been forced to suspend operations at its liquified natural gas (LNG) project in northern Mozambique for the second time this year, after a fresh attack by insurgents. According to harrowing reports from various news outlets, dozens of local and foreign citizens have been killed in an assault by extremist Islamic State-linked militants on the town of Palma in the last week. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that as many as 60 people – mostly foreigners – are still missing, after a convoy of 17 vehicles tried to make an escape from Hotel Amarula on Friday. LNG workers were among nearly 200 people who reportedly sought shelter in the hotel awaiting rescue, French news agency AFP said on Saturday. While Total told the Financial Times none of its workers were among the victims, the paper reports the ongoing risk of violence has led the company to reduce its workforce on the LNG project at the nearby Afungi site “to a strict minimum”. The suspension marks yet another setback for Total’s project, which had only recently started to resume operations following a decision to evacuate workers from the site in January due to heightened security risks. Such delays… continue reading
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