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MOZAMBIQUE: Dramatic escalation of security threat to LNG ventures

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Total evacuated most of its personnel from Palma and the Afungi peninsula last week, ahead of insurgent attacks on the doorstep of its LNG site on 1 January. Total’s unprecedented measure and extensive insurgency-related disruption to transport along mainland and maritime routes represent a major setback for a project on which Mozambique’s entire sovereign outlook hinges. On 1 January, insurgents reportedly attacked Quitunda, a village where Total is resettling residents from other areas of the Afungi peninsula. At the same time, a camp of the riot police (UIR) on the mai
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