Cabo Delgado Governor to Emphasize the Value of LNG for Mozambique’s Socio-Economic Growth at African Energy Week.

Joining the Mozambican delegation led by H.E. Max Tonela in Cape Town, Valige Tauabo will emphasize how the country’s natural gas projects will serve as a foundation for accelerated socio-economic growth.

Mozambique’s Governor of Cabo Delgado Province Valige Tauabo has confirmed his participation at African Energy Week (AEW) 2021 in Cape Town, taking place on the 9th-12th of November. Representing the richest natural resource province in Mozambique, and being the location of the country’s three large-scale Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) developments, Tauabo serves as a bridge between the energy sector and local community, and will promote local content, capacity building, and infrastructure developments in Cape Town.

As the Governor of Cabo Delgado Province, Tauabo is focused on ensuring that the country’s significant LNG developments translate into tangible socio-economic benefits for both the provincial and national community. The region is considered the home of oil and gas, and hosts the $20 billion Mozambique LNG project led by TotalEnergies; the $4.7 billion Coral Floating LNG project led by Eni and ExxonMobil; and the $30 billion Rovuma LNG project led by ExxonMobil, Eni and the China National Petroleum Corporation. With some of the most significant LNG projects, not only in Mozambique but in Africa, being developed in the Rovuma Basin off the coast of the Cabo Delgado Province, the Governor aims to use energy sector developments as a catalyst for strong and sustainable economic growth across the province and will promote this at AEW 2021 in Cape Town.

Despite having only served as Governor since 2019, Tauabo has demonstrated a commitment to both the community and the regions energy sector enhancement. The Governor was proactive in implementing security measures with the onset of the insurgency in the northern province. With regional assistance, government regained control of the LNG project development area earlier this year and is now focused on the resumption of project activities and the acceleration of infrastructural growth. With a primary focus to promote investment in Cabo Delgado, Tauabo is working directly with the African Energy Chamber (AEC) and the oil and gas industry to generate investment back into the province.

“When I visited Mozambique and talked to President Nyusi about the issues in Cabo Delgado, he proactively asked me to visit Cabo Delgado along with many oil industry players. Governor Valige Tauabo was kind enough to receive us and work with us on exploring opportunities in the province, creating a good environment for oil and gas companies and service companies to operate and pushing for investment in the province. Bringing the story of Cabo Delgado into AEW 2021 is an amazing opportunity to work with investors, and also tell a story about the province and its challenges and also its potential beyond oil and gas,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC.

Additionally, Tauabo is focused on the diversification of the local economy. By drawing attention to the role that international oil companies and large-scale energy developments have and continue to play in driving economic growth, Tauabo reaffirms his commitment to the Cabo Delgado community. In Cape Town, Tauabo will promote local content, emphasizing how job creation opportunities will spur socio-economic growth, as well as capacity building, emphasizing how training and skills transfer will not only advance energy sector developments but significantly increase domestic capacity. Joining the Mozambican delegation in Cape Town, Tauabo will provide an alternative perspective to attending stakeholders, representing the community, energy sector, and government.

“Valige Tauabo will drive a strong discussion on the role of capacity building, local content, and job creation in Mozambique. With the right investment and resumed development, Mozambique has the potential to become a southern African energy hub and both Tauabo and the AEC aims to make this a reality.,” continued Ayuk.

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