Mozambicans lose out on natural gas benefits


(Picture: BP)

The shipping out of Mozambique’s’ first produced liquefied natural gas to Europe does not bode well and instead proves those fighting in the Carbo Delgado region correct.

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Annah Moyo explains that this decision will exacerbate the conflict in the north as the local population is denied the benefits from the natural resources. A situation that she believes will further radicalize Mozambique’s young people.

The shipping out of gas to Europe comes at a time when there is a shortage of the resource in Africa and other parts of the world due to the Ukraine Russia conflict.

Mozambique’s gas is being produced at an off-shore plant run by the Italian energy firm Eni, while the British oil giant BP has the purchasing rights.

Natural gas deposits were found in the Rovuma basin in 2010 and has turned in what some have called a resource curse.


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