Latest Analysis: A disconcerting hush, Mozambique waits to ride out the gas lull

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A disconcerting hush has fallen over the Mozambican port city of Pemba. It has served as a drilling logistics hub for Eni and Anadarko in northern Mozambique, but is now merely a waiting room for the host of logistics firms, oil and gas service contractors, chandlers, hoteliers and catering firms that moved in two years ago.

By now, these businesses expected to have been put to work building Mozambique mega LNG project at Afungi. Around 600 people were laid off between November 2014 and February 2015 as gas exploration wrapped up in Pemba, Omar Saide, the councillor in charge of economic development in Pemba municipality, told Interfax. Anadarko concluded its exploration phase in the first quarter of 2015.

It has terminated its contract for the Belford Dolphin drillship nine months early and is demobilizing its Muxura base camp in Pemba. With no indication of when Eni or Anadarko will make FID, major contractors have had to scale back to a skeleton staff or diversify their business. Smaller suppliers have left Mozambique entirely. A disconcerting hush has fallen over the Mozambican port city of Pemba.

It has served as a drilling logistics hub for Eni and Anadarko in northern Mozambique, but is now merely a waiting room for the host of logistics firms, oil and gas service contractors, chandlers, hoteliers and catering firms that moved in two years ago. By now, these businesses expected to have been put to work building Mozambique mega LNG project at Afungi. Around 600 people were laid off between November 2014 and February 2015 as gas exploration wrapped up in Pemba, Omar Saide, the councillor in charge of economic development in Pemba municipality, told Interfax. Anadarko concluded its exploration phase in the first quarter of 2015.

It has terminated its contract for the Belford Dolphin drillship nine months early and is demobilising its Muxura base camp in Pemba. With no indication of when Eni or Anadarko will make FID, major contractors have had to scale back to a skeleton staff or diversify their business. Smaller suppliers have left Mozambique entirely.

source: By Pan African News Agency

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