Palma, the site of work of the French energy company Total, has been the rebels’ target. Earlier attacks led to suspension of work by Total to extract gas from offshore site. When Total announced it would resume work, the attacks in Palma started again. The Mozambican army has been fighting the rebels in several locations to regain control of Palma.
Total’s gas project is one of Africa’s biggest private investments having paid nearly $4 billion for a 26.59 stake in the project in 2019. It’s goal to begin gas shipment in 2024 is in question considering the deteriorating security situation.