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Eni Rovuma Basin B.V., Mozambique branch. wants to contract “integrated” security services for the protection “of the Company and its sites, personnel, materials and information” in the national territory, an ‘expression of interest’ announcement published by the oil company reads. [Read the full text here.]
Security services would include “armed personal security teams” and “armed/unarmed local guard forces,” the announcement details.
The service is expected to provide protection to ENI’s facilities in Mozambique onshore and offshore, and security of personnel assets and transport.
“Contractor shall implement a physically robust, intelligence lead security function, facilitating Company’s business activities within Mozambique,” the specification says.
The contracted company will be responsible for protecting ENI’s interests in the province of Cabo Delgado, where the company leads a consortium that will develop a project to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a floating offshore platform.
Security services would also be executed in Maputo and Nampula provinces.
“Services will be required indicatively starting from the beginning of 2020 for a period of three years, with a further possible extension for a period of one year,” reads the text.
In March, ENI chief executive Claudio Descalzi told Lusa that gas production at the Mamba oil field in northern Mozambique is expected to begin by 2024, with ExxonMobil, the project partner, expected to make the final decision after the summer.
In addition to the ENI consortium, the Rovuma basin is also hosting a consortium led by US-based Anadarko, which will announce its final investment decision next week in Maputo.
Some districts near infrastructure set up by multinationals involved in natural gas projects in Cabo Delgado have been the target of armed attacks by unidentified groups since October 2017.Source: Lusa
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