Reinforced security in natural gas works due to attacks

Offshore structure off the coast of Cabo Delgado

Oil company Anadarko, which coordinates prospection works in Afungi Peninsula (Palma district, Cabo Delgado), has announced the reinforcement of security measures in the construction site.

"Operations are taking place in our workplaces under enhanced security measures," says a statement from Anadarko issued after Sunday's attack in Maganja - a small village located just a few kilometers from the construction site - in which a man was killed and several houses were burned.

"We will maintain appropriate security measures, coordinated with relevant authorities and entities, in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff," the company's statement reads.

"Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our staff," said the leader of the consortium that plans to announce, later this year, the final investment decision regarding natural gas exploration in Area 1, off the Mozambique coast.

The company did not elaborate on reports that a popular upheaval on Monday and Tuesday, triggered by the proximity of armed attacks, disturbed operations on the work site.

On Monday, communities in the vicinity of the work site attended the funeral of the victim of the attack, carrying cold weapons such as katanas for their protection, a local resident told Lusa.

These communities crossed some areas next to the construction site and were not immediately associated with the funeral, causing some disturbance among workers, the same source said.