Senegalese President Macky Sall announced that he will soon go to Mauritania to finalize the agreement to exploit the Grand Tortue-Ahmeyim gas field, common to both countries. The gas field, one of the largest in Africa, is on the route of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project.
It is an important gas windfall that two neighboring countries must share. Senegalese President Macky Sall will visit Mauritania early next week to finalize an agreement on the exploitation of the Great Turtle-Ahmeyim (GTA) gas field, the Senegalese head of state said at the ceremony when he announces his candidacy for the presidential elections of 2019, in the presence of his Mauritanian counterpart, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
GTA, located on the maritime border between Senegal and Mauritania, has a potential of 1,400 billion cubic meters, seven times the current annual production of Africa. The exploitation of the gas field is to begin in 2021 according to the American oil company Kosmos Energy, which signed, at the end of 2016, a partnership for the exploitation of these reserves with the British Petroleum (BP) and the two States. According to the cooperation agreement signed by Dakar and Nouakchott last February, the research and production costs of this field will be shared equally by the Senegalese and Mauritanian states.
The deposit is also expected to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe. It could then be grafted to the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline, whose route passes through the gas field. This is in any case what provides the feasibility study of the pipeline, presented to King Mohammed VI, on June 10, on the occasion of the visit of Nigerian Head of State Muhammadu Buhari in Morocco. The second phase of the project, that of front-end engineering design (FEED, or basic engineering), aims to launch negotiations with the operators of the Grand Tortue-Ahmeyim Field to supply the pipeline.