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AfrOil                                        COMMENTARY                                               AfrOil

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       Security concerns

       mounting in Mozambique

       LNG projects are facing more risk because of Islamists’ continued clashes

       with the Mozambican armed forces and the swelling number of refugees

                         SECURITY issues have been a concern for   LNG plant continued.
                         Total (France), Eni (Italy) and other interna-  Nevertheless, concerns about the possibil-
       WHAT:             tional oil companies (IOCs) pursuing natural   ity of disruption to the project have lingered.
       ASWJ has stepped up   gas development and liquefaction projects in   Indeed, they have probably grown in recent
       attempts to gain territory   Mozambique for some time. Since 2017, that   weeks, as ASWJ has stepped up its campaign to
       in the northern Cabo   country’s northern Cabo Delgado Province has   seize territory in Cabo Delgado.
       Delgado Province.  been racked by conflict between Ahlu Sunnah   FADM did announce on November 20
                         Wa-Jamo (ASWJ), a separatist group that has   that it had succeeded in retaking a village in
       WHY:              links to the Islamic State (Daesh), and the armed   Muidumbe district. However, other sources
       The separatist group   forces, known as Forças Armadas de Defesa de   reported on November 29 that the Islamist
       is targeting areas near   Moçambique (FADM).           group appeared to be responsible for an attack
       Mozambique LNG’s
       liquefaction plant.  Conditions took a turn for the worse earlier   that killed at least 25 soldiers and injured 15
                         in August of this year, when ASWJ fighters took   more in Matambalale, another village in the
       WHAT NEXT:        control of Mocímboa da Praia, a port in Cabo   same district.
       If the conflict spreads   Delgado that Total and its partners had been   ASWJ then mounted another offensive last
       across the region, it could   using as a delivery point for the equipment   week in Mute, located in the Palma district of
       disrupt billions of dollars   needed to build the Mozambique LNG plant   Cabo Delgado. FADM responded by sending
       in LNG investments.  on the Afungi Peninsula. The French major   soldiers to the village, which is just 20 km away
                         responded to this development by redirecting   from the site where Total is building the Mozam-
                         its shipments to another point, and work on the   bique LNG plant.

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