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New milestone for gas project in Mauritania and Senegal

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Global energy major, BP, and project partner Technip Energies have reached a new milestone regarding the development of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) project located offshore Mauritania and Senegal. Image credit: BP

New milestone for gas project in Mauritania and Senegal   

Global energy major, BP, and project partner Technip Energies have reached a new milestone regarding the development of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) liquefied natural gas (LNG) project located offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

This week, the project partners announced that the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for GTA has officially left China, sailing away to the project site.

Following three years of construction and successful sea trails of the FPSO unit, the facility, comprising eight processing and production modules, will enable the processing of up to 500 million standard cubic of gas and the production of 2.3 million tons of LNG per annum during GTA’s first phase.

The state-of-the-art facility will accommodate 140 people, with its key function to remove water and condensate, while reducing impurities in the gas stream. Thereafter, the facility will export processed gas to the GTA’s associated Floating LNG facility.

Team delivers in challenging environment (New milestone for gas project in Mauritania and Senegal)

According to Gordon Birrell, BP’s Executive Vice President of Production and Operations the team has delivered the project in a challenging environment, including through Covid-19, always keeping safe operations at the heart of what they do.

“With the continued support of our partners, Societé Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures in Mauritania, Petrosen in Senegal and Kosmos Energy, we remain committed to helping both countries to develop their world-class resources in a sustainable way,” says Birrell.

According to NJ Ayuk, the Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber (AEC) the GTA represents a new era of energy security, economic prosperity as well as gross domestic product growth across the Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Guinea-Conakry (MSGBC) region on the back of natural gas monetisation.

Commitment by Senegalese President (New milestone for gas project in Mauritania and Senegal)

While efforts by BP, Technip Energies and the respective national oil companies of Senegal and Mauritania have played a vital role in the realisation of this milestone, much of the success of this project can be attributed to the commitment showcased by Senegalese President Macky Sall.

Ayuk says that the president has prioritised the country’s economic growth on the back of hydrocarbon industry expansion. “Through the introduction of the Emerging Senegal Plan and Petroleum Code 2019, President Sall has created an enabling environment for oil and gas stakeholders, ensuring projects such as the GTA can flourish,” says Ayuk.

“By boosting local content development and capacity building, resource development and infrastructure buildup, President Sall continues to fast-track the country’s oil and gas market boom.

“The Chamber strongly supports the milestone achieved by BP, Technip Energies, Mauritania and Senegal, and commends all parties for their resilient approach to making the GTA project a reality.

With the FPSO unit now on its way to Senegal and Mauritania’s shared offshore basin, a new era of energy sector growth for the two countries has started. The AEC strongly supports the strategies undertaken by bp and Technip Energies to accelerate the continent’s gas development and infrastructure rollout agenda. We believe that projects such as GTA and companies such as bp and Technip Energies represent key players for helping make energy poverty history across the African continent by 2030,” says Ayuk.

The 2023 edition of the African Energy Week (AEW) conference and exhibition will take place from October 16 – 20 in Cape Town and will promote Africa’s gas and wider hydrocarbon industry growth agenda while providing an ideal platform for new deals to be signed and investment secured on the back of successful project developments such as the GTA.

New milestone for gas project in Mauritania and Senegal

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New milestone for gas project in Mauritania and Senegal

 

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