MOZAMBIQUE – Total has announced the appointed Ronan Bescond as Vice President and Country Manager for the Mozambique LNG project. Mr. Bescond will be based in Maputo with the appointment effective immediately, this new role comes in addition to his role as Managing Director Total Moçambique.

According to The Club of Mozambique, the announcement follows confirmation that the transaction to transfer the Mozambique LNG Project, previously operated by Anadarko, to Total was complete.

Mr Bescond, a French national, has worked for Total for 20 years. He has broad experience across Total’s business – both upstream and downstream – including a long history with the company’s LNG projects in Australia, Angola, Nigeria and Oman. His most recent assignment was as Total’s Zimbabwe Managing Director.

Mr Bescond says he is delighted to take on the in-country leadership of Mozambique LNG, drawing from Total’s world class expertise and experience as well as the solid foundations laid by Anadarko.

“With a Final Investment Decision taken and construction underway, it is full steam ahead for Mozambique LNG,” says Mr Bescond.

“Total plans to maintain continuity for the Project, building on the strong foundations established by Anadarko and its partners, to develop the project with the highest standards of safety and integrity in the interests of all involved, including the Government and people of Mozambique.”

Total is the world’s second largest global LNG player involved all along the LNG chain. It owns participation in 12 LNG plants and has production and liquefaction capacity of 20 MT/year of LNG.

Mr Bescond paid tribute to Steve Wilson, Anadarko’s out-going Country Manager, for his leadership over the past two years, in the build-up to FID.

Total is a major energy player that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. It has 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, its ambition is to become the responsible energy major.

Present in Mozambique for nearly 30 years, Total Moçambique is a major player in the downstream petroleum products market – gas stations network, industrial and mining customers, lubricants and logistics. Total has an estimated market share of 14%.

The Mozambique LNG project is on track to be the country’s first onshore LNG development, initially consisting of two trains with a total nameplate capacity of 12.88 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).