Gas Developer Anadarko Promises 5000 Jobs in Hunger Stressed Northern Mozambique

  • Anadarko states that 5,000 Mozambicans construction jobs will be created during the US 2.5 billion construction phase.
  • The factory is being built in the far north of the country, on the Afungi peninsula in the province of Cabo Delgado.
  • The area has come under repeated deadly attacks from Muslim militant group, Ansar al-Sunna.
  • The area is also under food security stress.

According to oil company Anadarko , 5,000 Mozambicans will be employed during the construction phase of their liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in northern Mozambique. “We expect to spend about US$2.5 billion in construction,” it added in a statement.

The plant is being built in the far north of the country, on the Afungi peninsula in the province of Cabo Delgado.

The consortium led by Anadarko is carrying out preparatory work in the field pending the final investment decision in 2019. “The project has already contracted goods and services estimated at US$850 million (EUR 744 million) over the last five years,” the statement reads.

Anadarko is also developing a programme to support the certification of Mozambican companies to international standards and to implement a code of practice and a supplier registration system for the oil and gas industry in Mozambique.

The announcements were made after the company delivered 2.2 tons of seeds and 14 tons of fertiliser to about 800 farmers in the province of Cabo Delgado at the start of the new agricultural campaign.

The agricultural production of families in Cabo Delgado, especially the self-employed, has been under pressure due to armed attacks on remote villages in the region, which have been occurring for about a year. The wave of violence has caused many residents to leave their properties, taking refuge in villages.

The attacks have been carried out by a Muslim militant group called Ansar al-Sunna, although locals refer to them as al-Shabaab because the group’s attacks are similar to the notorious group in Nigeria.

A late-September report from the Hunger Network’s Early Warning System (FEWS Net reported that   instead of a “minimal risk” food security situation, the areas affected by the attacks are now exhibiting “stress”.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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