US independent Kosmos confirmed in its 2023 results on 26 February that first LNG from the 2.5mn t/y Phase-1 of the Tortue LNG project on the Mauritania-Senegal maritime border has been pushed back to Q4.

This represents a delay of more than two years versus the 1H 2022 timeframe given when FID was taken at the end of 2018 (MEES, 4 January 2019). Back then the plan was for Phase-2 and then Phase-3 expansion to follow in relatively short order to deliver 10mn t/y of capacity by the mid-2020s: pre-FEED for Phases 2 and 3 was awarded just four months later in April 2019 (MEES, 12 April 2019). (CONTINUED - 858 WORDS)