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Will rising costs derail Mozambique LNG?

TotalEnergies appears to be heading towards a restart in Afungi, despite rising costs and questions over human rights

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. The cost of building a new LNG plant, such as that planned for the Afungi peninsula, is more than 20% higher than it was two years ago, Zitamar revealed today. That could throw some serious sand in the wheels of TotalEnergies’ hopes to restart work on the Mozambique LNG project — though sources close to the project are confident progress is coming soon.

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LNG project costs soar as Total considers Mozambique restart
Consultancy Rystad Energy estimates the cost of new onshore LNG projects has risen by up to 25% since TotalEnergies reached financial close on the Area 1 project

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Having invited the world’s media to Mozambique last Friday for an event celebrating the final disarmament of Renamo, the government laid on a surprise trip to Cabo Delgado for the visiting journalists — and a good number of Mozambican journalists, who have previously complained at being excluded from trips to cover their own country, while foreigners are shown around.

The message to the journalists from defence minister Cristóvão Chume was clear: Palma and Mocímboa da Praia are safe and stable. Subtext: work can resume.

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