Total Evacuates Staff at Afungi Gas Site for Second Time Amid Fresh Rebel Attacks

  • Total evacuates staff at its mega gas project Afungi site in northern Mozambique for a second time.
  • In press release the company announced that construction of the plant is “obviously” suspended after rebel groups attacked Palma, a seaside village close to their construction site, killing at least seven people. 
  • The attacks came hours after Total said it was safe for workers to gradually return to the construction site on Wednesday. Read more
  • Total evacuated the staff at its Alfungi site in early January as rebel groups came close to the compound gates.

According to a statement by Total at the weekend, Total said its “absolute priority” was to ensure the safety and security of the people who work on the project. “Total expresses its sympathy and support to the people of Palma, to the relatives of the victims and those affected by the tragic events of the past days. There are no victims among the staff employed on the site of the project in Afungi.”

“Total has decided to reduce to a strict minimum level the workforce on the Afungi site. The remobilisation of the project that was envisaged at the beginning of the week is obviously now suspended. Total trusts the government of Mozambique whose public security forces are currently working to take back the control of the area,” the company statement read.

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