Mauritania: BP Eyes Second Hub With Tortue Set For Take-Off

With BP set for imminent FID at the 15tcf Tortue field it is already eying a second Mauritanian hub, potentially larger than the first. With Shell and Exxon also holding sizable positions, and Total rapidly expanding, Mauritania is set for a major transformation and not just in the energy sector.

BP has recently said that it remains on track to take an end-2018 final investment decision (FID) at its 15tcf Tortue gas-to-FLNG development on the Mauritania/Senegal maritime border. Whether or not this target is hit – and BP has left little doubt that the project will go ahead, and soon – the major is already eying a second gas hub off Mauritania.

Unlike the first, this second planned hub based on the ‘Greater BirAllah’ gas reserves 60km to the north of Tortue, will be an exclusively Mauritanian endeavor. And it could be significantly larger than Tortue.

Whilst the Tortue development plans of BP and longtime partner Kosmos (which discovered the key fields before farming out 62% operating stakes to BP in 2016) are based on 15tcf of recoverable gas reserves roughly split 50:50 between Mauritania and Senegal, the major estimates that Greater BirAllah contains up to 60tcf of gas in place. In other words the importance for Mauritania could be eight times that of Tortue. (CONTINUED - 1290 WORDS)