by America Hernandez

PARIS (Reuters) – TotalEnergies will restart its liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique once it implements the recommendations of a human rights report released on Tuesday, the oil major said.

“Mozambique LNG partners have taken note of Jean-Christophe Rufin’s report. The project partners have decided on an action plan following the findings of this report,” a spokesman for TotalEnergies told Reuters. .

“This plan will now be implemented. While noting safety improvements on the ground, there is no restart date at this time,” he said. added.

TotalEnergies holds a 26.5% stake in the project, which was halted in 2021 after a jihadist attack linked to the Islamic State organization in the province of Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, where the liquefied natural gas project is located.

The report, prepared by ex-ambassador and humanitarian doctor Jean-Christophe Rufin, notes that while the armed conflict is expected to continue, dangerous areas are now located to the south and west of the project site itself.

The action plan will be overseen by Jean-Christophe Rufin and provides for the payment of displaced families by July, as well as the construction of new houses by the end of the summer and the improvement of access to fishing.

He also plans to renegotiate relations with the security forces and to create a foundation for the improvement of local life, endowed with a multi-year budget of 200 million dollars.

Mozambique LNG was originally scheduled to deliver its first cargo in 2024, with the aim of producing up to 43 million tonnes of gas per year.

The other partners in the project are the Mozambican ENH, Japanese Mitsui & Co, Thai PTTEP and Indian ONGC Videsh, Bharat Petroleum and Oil India.

(Report America Hernandez, Nathan Vifflin, editing by Kate Entringer)

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