Total announced Monday it was declaring force majeure —unforeseeable circumstances that prevent it from fulfilling a contract.
“Considering the evolution of the security situation in the north of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, Total confirms the withdrawal of all Mozambique LNG project personnel from the Afungi site. This situation leads Total, as operator of Mozambique LNG project, to declare force majeure,” Total said in a press release.
US energy firm Exxon last year postponed further investment decisions in Cabo Delgado because of the deteriorating security situation.
According to the United Nations, the insurgency, which began in 2017, has left some 700,000 Mozambicans displaced.