Petroleum worker killed in Mozambique attack

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Anadarko Petroleum Corp said a worker was killed and others injured in two related attacks near the construction site for its massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in northern Mozambique.

Anadarko said in a statement it was monitoring the situation and in close contact with government authorities. The US energy firm would not comment further on the attacks until it had a “full picture” of events.

The company is building a 17,000-acre liquefaction complex in the country’s remote north to chill gas pumped from the Golfinho/Atum fields in its Area 1 deepwater block, 16.5 km offshore. The block holds one of the world’s biggest recent gas discoveries, estimated at 75 trillion cubic feet.

On February 15 Anadarko said it was nearing a final investment decision (FID) to build a giant LNG terminal after signing up an Indian buyer for the gas and that another sales agreement was imminent.

A FID marks a stage in funding based on which banks can agree to extend lines of credit for a project.

In June last year the company was closely monitoring the security situation in northern Mozambique after beheadings and attacks by suspected Islamist militants. Any sign of militant activity is a concern for the country’s fledgling gas industry.

The first attack on Thursday was on a road from Mocimboa da Praia to Afungi in northern Mozambique, approximately 20 km from the construction site and involved a convoy with six workers sustaining non-life threatening injuries, the company said.

The second attack resulted in the death of an unidentified worker, contracted to a firm building an airstrip for the project, Anadarko said.

The injured workers were treated or getting treatment. The company said all personnel were accounted for.