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TotalEnergies now expects the Area 1 project to start producing gas for export in 2026 at the earliest – formally acknowledging a delay of at least two years from its expected 2024 start.

Mozambique
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The Rwandan deployment has changed the course of the Mozambique government’s battle against Islamist insurgents. This opens the way for a crucial resumption of big gas projects in Cabo Delgado, but questions remain about the Rwandan deployment’s funding, President Kagame’s strategic goals and whether the insurgency is really beaten, writes Marc Howard

Mozambique | Tanzania
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Mozambique was not considered part of President Paul Kagame’s strategic orbit, and the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) deployment to Cabo Delgado has aroused considerable interest and controversy in eastern and southern Africa. The straight-line distance from Kigali to Palma is some 1,500km, which poses logistical challenges for sustaining a large deployment, particularly for a country of Rwanda’s limited means. This has led analysts to query who is providing the funding.

Mozambique | Rwanda
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Geneva-headquartered commodities trader Montfort Group has acquired Matola Terminal de Armazenamento de Petróleos’s oil product storage facility in the Mozambican port of Matola. The unit, with 58,000m3-plus of clean product storage capacity, will be owned, developed and operated in partnership with Malaysia-based trading company Energi Asia.

Kenya | Mozambique
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Moves by the South African and Mozambican governments to take control of the Rompco pipeline showed the fundamental shift in Pretoria’s strategic view, as big beasts Eskom and Sasol look to decarbonise. There is significant potential for a regional gas economy – underlined by urgent action to end the jihadist insurgency in Cabo Delgado – but past politics and indecision is tempering optimism, writes Dan Marks

Mozambique | South Africa
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Industry observers feared old-guard elements in South Africa’s ruling ANC and the Mozambique government might not resist the temptation to call for their state companies to pre-empt the sale of Sasol’s 30% stake in Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco).

Mozambique | South Africa
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The governments of South Africa – under the influence of less-than-liberal, traditional nationalist thinking in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) – and Mozambique (which may have been persuaded by regional politics to follow its powerful neighbour) could not resist the temptation to call for their state companies to pre-empt the sale of Sasol’s 30% stake in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) natural gas pipeline.

Mozambique | South Africa
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The Mozambique government will issue a request for proposals this year to sell a majority stake in the planned 1.5GW Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric power (HEP) plant on the Zambezi River. The sale process is expected to take close to six months to complete, including a six-week process to negotiate a joint development agreement.

Mozambique
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Construction has begun on the 19MWp/15MWac Cuamba solar PV plant with 2MW/7MWh battery storage in Mozambique, according to a statement by project sponsors UK-based Globeleq, private equity firm Source Capital and Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) on 14 June.

Mozambique
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Construction has begun on the 19MWp/15MWac Cuamba solar PV plant with 2MW/7MWh battery storage in Mozambique

Mozambique
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Italy’s Eni seems gradually to be swallowing up BP’s African assets, with potential deals in Algeria and Angola building on a close relationship forged also in Egypt, Libya and Mozambique. These deals may be a sign of a deeper shake-out as European majors adapt to the demands of energy transition, writes James Gavin.

Mozambique | Egypt | Angola | Libya | Algeria
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A series of technical and commercial agreements have been signed for the Pande and Temane gas development.

Mozambique
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Pipeline Investments Company (Rompco) to a consortium of Reatile Group and private equity fund manager African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM). Pending he consortium will pay up to R5.145bn ($375m) for the stake, comprising an initial R4.145bn and a deferred payment of up to R1bn which is dependent on agreed milestones being achieved by 30 June 2024.

Mozambique | South Africa
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President Emmanuel Macron’s planned 18 May get-together of African leaders in Paris is intended to lead support for economies badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. On the formal agenda will be putting together major new financial support, including through International Monetary Fund special drawing rights and, possibly, a new round of debt cancellation.

Mozambique
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Environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth (Fote) received High Court permission on 22 April to take the British government to court over its financial support via UK Export Finance (Ukef) for the Total-operated Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas (MLNG) scheme. Legal proceedings are another complication for MLNG, which has been badly affected by the conflict in the Rovuma Basin, prompting Total to declare force majeure in recent days.

Mozambique