MOZAMBIQUE: Total Updates Business Opportunities for Local Companies

The Total-led Mozambique LNG project held last week an online seminar to update local companies on business opportunities for the year and share other information relevant to companies seeking to do business with the project.

The seminar was attended by more than 300 local companies, representatives of the National Institute of Petroleum (INP), the National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH), the Multisectoral Group for Local Content and Mozambican business associations. The Mozambique LNG project has been quarterly holding similar seminars since the second half of 2018.

The seminar detailed the full range of opportunities for 2021, including for the supply of goods and services concerning health and safety equipment, human resources, construction, maintenance, mechanics, catering, hospitality, camp management, transportation, and electrical and office equipment.

The event also included training regarding the project’s health, safety and environment requirements and procurement practices. There was also discussion about the project’s suite of capacity building initiatives, including an Enterprise Development Program which will be launched shortly.

Natália Camba, representative of the Multisectoral Group of Local Content, stated:

“This seminar is undoubtedly one of the actions of Total and the Multisectoral Group of Local Content to encourage and improve participation of Mozambican companies in this project. We encourage Mozambique LNG project supply chain to continue to reinforce the dialogue and actions aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Mozambican companies for their greater participation in project activities. Communication is essential, so we will continue working with the Mozambique LNG project and other projects in this gas area, to widen the communication channels between the different stakeholders, greater collaboration and coordinated interaction between them”.

Thomas Rodriguez, Total Local Content Manager, said:

“Our focus, in partnership with the Mozambican Government, is to increase the competitiveness of the local companies in order to maximize the opportunities for local participation”.

Thomas Rodriguez also stated that, through the Technical Committee of Local Content, a platform composed by the Mozambique LNG project, the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, INP and the Multisectoral Group of Local Content, “we have been working, among other aspects, to ensure the alignment of the Mozambique LNG Project with the long-term vision of Mozambique and the national development priorities. Last year, this commission also worked on the development of tools to increase the visibility of opportunities related to local employment and the acquisition of goods and services, improving the involvement of stakeholders and the implementation of processes aimed at supporting day-to-day of the project in activities of maximizing the local content and improving communication in general. The seminar we held is part of this multiform work that we have been doing to maximize opportunities for local participation in our project”.

The Mozambique LNG project has already spent more than 1 billion US dollars on companies registered in Mozambique, of which more than 250 million have been spent on Mozambican-owned companies.

Total E&P Mozambique Area 1 Limitada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Total, operates Mozambique LNG with a 26.5% participating interest alongside ENH Rovuma Área 1, S.A. (15%), Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area1 Limited (20%), ONGC Videsh Rovuma Limited (10%), Beas Rovuma Energy Mozambique Limited (10%), BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V. (10%), and PTTEP Mozambique Area 1 Limited (8.5%).

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