Total will only withdraw a force majeure declaration on its $20 billion liquefied natural gas project in Mozambique when the Maputo-based government can prove beyond doubt that permanent safeguards have been put in place to protect the Afungi construction site in restive Cabo Delgado province.

The French supermajor on Monday invoked force majeure on the Mozambique LNG project because of the inability of Mozambican armed forces and police to protect workers at Afungi, a situation thrown into stark relief by last month's attack