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Mozambique's $49 Billion Gas Plan Stokes Anxiety in North

  • Young, unemployed seen as easy recruits for shadowy insurgency
  • Becoming major gas exporter may depend on regional harmony
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A giant refrigerator will replace the village Jonas Alide Saide has called home for 70 years and he’s not happy about it.

As Mozambique’s plans to export natural gas gather pace, Saide’s northeastern settlement of Quitupo will make way for a plant planned by companies including Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Located on a site larger than Manhattan, the facility will extract and liquefy the offshore gas and generate most of the $49 billion the government expects from sales of the fuel over the next three decades.