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Mauritanie : “la Mauritanie détient probablement le bassin le plus attractif, le plus prometteur en Afrique”

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Mauritanie : "la Mauritanie détient probablement le bassin le plus attractif, le plus prometteur en Afrique"

In recent years, gas discoveries have been increasing in some countries on the continent. These include Senegal, Mauritania and Mozambique. For Mauritania, a country located in the MSGBC basin, the latest natural gas discoveries are "world class", which gives it the possibility of becoming a major player in global supply in the next few years. Growth from the exploitation of these fields should ultimately improve the national economic and financial environment.

Mauritania is one of the few African countries where you have three majors that are still exploring, namely Bp, Shell and TotalEnergies.

Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Saleh, Minister of Oil

The oil company Shell had signed a contract with the Mauritanian government to expand its exploration field in the country's coastal basin, in addition to the two blocks C-10 and C-19 it is already exploring in the area. Shell is the operator, with a 90% stake, and Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures (SMH), the national oil company of Mauritania, has a 10% stake.

TotalEnergies had announced that it had reached an agreement with the Mauritanian Ministry of Oil granting the French oil major two new exploration and production contracts for blocks C15 and C31. These are located in deep waters off Mauritania and cover an area of 14,175 m². Secondly, the oil company has recently strengthened its exploration activities in the country with the acquisition of two deepwater licenses on blocks C7 (with a 90% interest) and C18 (with a 45% interest). Total also has a licence on Block C9 (with a 90% interest). The total investment amounts to $70 million ('61.6 million).

Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Saleh a déclaré que : “Shell et TotalEnergies sont dans la dernière ligne droite qui va les amener à forer dans les mois à venir ; c’est dire que le bassin sédimentaire de la Mauritanie demeure très attractif sur la base des études et données disponibles.”

As Senegal and Mauritania have significant natural gas discoveries on their maritime borders, they have decided to jointly develop the gas resources of the Grand Tortue complex, which straddles their maritime border.

“Pour le champs GTA partagé avec le Sénégal, nous avons déjà “prévu” la premiere phase avec 2,5 millions de Tonnes en 2023 et dès le mois de novembre nous enclencherons les discussions sur la deuxième phase qui doit doubler la production puis la troisième phase qui va porter la production à 10 millions de tonnes ; ce qui va faire de la Mauritanie et du Sénégal deux pays exportateurs de gaz.” a déclaré Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Saleh, ministre du Pétrole de la Mauritanie

La stratégie “gas-to-power” est prévu dans la première phase de production avec 20% qui seront destinés à l’électrification, au marché intérieur des deux pays.

abdessalam Ould Mohamed Saleh, Minister of Oil

The Minister Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Saleh va plus loin avec ceci, je cite : “Il faut rappeler que la Mauritanie a un autre grand champ à savoir le champ BirAllah qui est encore plus grand que le champ GTA. Il sera développé en perspective et une bonne partie de la production pourra être destinée au marché mauritanien à la fois pour l’électricité et aussi pour les industries.”

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