Total has declared force majeure at Mozambique LNG due to ongoing insecurity in restive, gas-rich Cabo Delgado province, as the French supermajor also confirmed all project personnel have been pulled from the Afungi construction site.

The move is not wholly unexpected, given Total's unease about the Mozambican government's handling of an attack late last month on Palma, close to Afungi, by Islamist insurgents.