The French island hopes to become the rear base of the Mozambique Total Group project.
Will Mayotte’s economic future pass through Mozambique along the African canal of the same name? The huge underwater natural gas reserves are estimated at 5 trillion cubic meters, Discoveries in the early 2010s inspired the greed of large mining companies, which jointly launched the Mozambique LNG large-scale LNG project in northern Mozambique, which is scheduled to start production in 2024. Total has a 26.5% majority stake in the US$20 billion (16.9 billion euros) project and becomes the operator of the project, which is headed by Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa The siege of the Islamic rebel group (also known as Al-Chabab, “young people”) has claimed 2,000 lives since 2017 and forced 670,000 people to flee, According to the United Nations.
If this huge enterprise causes intense controversy-not only because of its harmful effects on the environment, but also because of its militarization and the resulting social and community tensions-France will go all out from now on to ensure that the gas field is The company is favorable. participate. Paris therefore provided a US$500 million credit guarantee for the French-American engineering group TechnipFMC for another natural gas project close to Total. Mayotte also hopes to benefit from this financial windfall.
In fact, natural gas at a depth of 2,000 meters must be transported through natural gas pipelines and liquefied on a floating platform before it can be exported. This important offshore operation has been subcontracted to TechnipFMC. This is where Mayotte can play cards. Located 550 kilometers away from the site, the island may provide an unexpected rear base for Total.
TechnipFMC can use Longoni’s port facilities to accommodate large exploration vessels and storage equipment. Negotiations are already in progress. Mayotte still needs to be able to provide necessary guarantees for the development of the port, the fixation of facilities, the port’s tariffs, the establishment of customs free zones, the establishment of visas, and the provision of transit services for crews and shifters.After obtaining a 25km safe zone around its facilities from the Maputo government, Total announced on March 24 “Progressive Demobilization” It will eventually reach 15,000 employees. The next day, Chababs attacked the city of Palma at the gate of the French base, forcing Total to suspend its operations again.
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