Issue 505 PDF: Mauritania excites gas, hydrogen and steel investors in a fast-evolving region

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Issue 505 - 13 May 2024

The issue leads with Mauritania, where, ahead of his expected late June re-election, President Mohammed Ahmed El Ghazouani is presiding over a potentially fast-changing country that can expect new revenues from its joint Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) gas field with Senegal and potentially more long-term investment plays that exploit its minerals reserves, P2X potential and route to the sea.

There is also a focus on Senegal, where new President Bassirou Diomaye Faye pointedly opted for Nouakchott as the destination for his first official foreign trip, underlining his Pastef party’s pan-African agenda. Discussions between the two presidents centred around the potential for renegotiating the GTA development’s terms.

African Energy also examines Senegal's power generation sector. President Faye has vowed to boost on-grid renewable energy capacity and phase out the use of expensive liquid fuels for power generation. Analysis from African Energy Live Data shows this is a continuation of a trend set by his predecessor Macky Sall. However, the phasing out of HFO also relies on the country tapping into its substantial gas reserves and Faye’s pledge to renegotiate hydrocarbons contracts makes some nervous.

Power coverage also includes a closer look at Guinea, where approval from the interim parliament in Conakry for an LNG import terminal and gas-to-power plant could be the first step towards meeting a predicted huge mining-driven increase in electricity demand.

Upstream oil and gas coverage leads with Nigeria, where there are signs of progress on two multi-billion dollar asset sales to local players by international majors. Hydrocarbons coverage also includes a focus on Niger, following the sudden announcement that Benin would block the lifting of oil cargoes from the Niger-Benin Export Pipeline.

The African Energy View examines how gas supply risks highlight the baseload challenge for energy transition strategies across the continent.

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