Companies in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, facing difficult situation due to armed attacks

8 April 2019

Business owners in the province of Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, where several armed attacks have occurred, are facing a difficult situation, with some companies closing, Mozambican newspaper O País reported.

The newspaper, citing a local businessman, said some companies may close down, particularly in the northern region of the province, “if the situation does not return to normal.”

“We’re not thinking of closing because we believe that the situation will return to normal and we doubt that the Anadarko Petroleum group will give up after so much investment, even if the present conflict continues,” said the businessman.

The US group, in a statement dated 5 March 2019, reported that the final investment decision for the Rovuma Area 1 Area’s natural gas project is expected to be implemented according to schedule, which points to the first half of the year.

The group also reported that the Mozambican government, after recognising that security in that province required a more elaborate response, had taken the necessary additional measures to restore security.

In an earlier statement, Anadarko Petroleum pointed out that worker safety is its main priority and recalled that an incident in which one person was killed was not directly aimed directly at the staff of the contractor companies, the natural gas project or the aerodrome. (Macauhub)