Mauritania Minister: The Country is Counting on GTA Gas

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Mauritania’s Minister of Petroleum, Mines and Energy, H.E. Abdessalem Ould Mohamed Saleh, has emphasized the importance of the Grande Tortue / Ahmeyim (GTA) gas project in the industrialization and development of the country. 

“Mauritania expects a lot from the future gas exploitation of the Grande Tortue / Ahmeyim field located at its maritime border with Senegal,” Saleh said in an interview published in Senegal’s Le Soleil on Monday, February 15, 2021.

“The country is counting on the benefits of these natural resources to improve access to electricity, strengthen its budget and develop its industrial fabric and, in turn, create jobs and added value,” he said.

The minister stressed his hope that the first volumes of gas expected to be produced in 2023 will open a new vista in Mauritania’s development.

He noted that the GTA gas will enable a favorable energy mix that will reduce significantly the electricity rates in Mauritania, while taking the country a step further into industrialization. “We see in gas a huge opportunity to develop access to low-cost electricity,” he said. “Mauritania, which has a high level of debt, relies on the financial benefits of gas to strengthen its budgetary resources.” Developing a profitable gas and oil industry, according to the Minister, is a priority for the country.

Moustapha Bechir, General Director of Hydrocarbons of the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy, and Mines, said in a virtual interview with IN-VR on 11 February: “Our strategy for the last ten years was to attract many majors, and I think we succeeded in that by bringing in Exxon and Shell and BP to Mauritania. Now our strategy is to establish our first LNG production and then start introducing gas into the market, and then using the gas to power, and then with our gas master plan, looking at the other opportunities that that gas can offer to Mauritania.”

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