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Natural gas projects in northern Mozambique enjoy “enhanced security,” Anadarko, which is coordinating work on the Afungi peninsula in Palma district, Cabo Delgado, told Lusa on Wednesday.
A statement from Anadarko following Sunday’s attack on Maganja, a village a few kilometres from the construction zone, where a resident and several houses were burned, reads: “Operations in our workplaces are underway with enhanced security.”
“We will continue to maintain appropriate security measures, coordinated with relevant authorities and entities, to ensure the safety and well-being of our personnel,” the company statement continues. “The safety and well-being of our people are always our top priority.”
Anadarko, leader of the consortium that plans to announce this year’s final decision to invest in natural gas exploration in Area 1 off the Mozambican coast, did not elaborate on reports that the proximity of armed attacks disrupted operations on its premises on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, the funeral of the victims of the attack attracted surrounding communities armed with machetes for self-protection, a resident told Lusa.
Not all observers would have known that this procession, crossing land adjacent to gas operations, was associated with the funeral, and some gas workers may have been alarmed, he explained.
The Sekelekani Center for Studies and Research in Communication, a Mozambican civil society organisation, said in an article published on Tuesday that “a large number” of people “did not work or left early, fearing for their safety”.
On Tuesday, after the attack on Sunday and others outside Palma in the previous weeks, workers’ transport from the village to the construction zone was still affected, a local source told Lusa.
According to the same residents, people returned to work fully only on Wednesday.Source: Lusa
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