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Southern Africa progresses towards the start of gas production
The Rovuma LNG project, in Mozambique. © ENI

Southern Africa progresses towards the start of gas production

As a future gas production zone, South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia carry the hopes of the super-majors Total, ENI and ExxonMobil. They represent a new opportunity for investors as Africa's traditional oil and gas-producing countries are increasingly struggling to maintain production.

Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa. © Christoph Soeder/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom/MaxPPP

Total's success on block 11B/12B hangs on Ramaphosa 

Taking advantage of a favourable climate and existing infrastructure in South Africa, Total is looking at the option of speeding up expansion at a reduced cost. This will depend to a large extent on a good working relationship with the state, which owns the pipeline and the GTL plant to which the French major hopes to sell its gas. [...]

Spotlight UNITED KINGDOM MOZAMBIQUE Oil & gas 22/07/2020
The Minister for Exports Graham Stuart.
The Minister for Exports Graham Stuart. © Wang Quanchao / Xinhua News Agency/Newscom/MaxPPP

Total's block 1: Exports minister Stuart ready to plant Union Jack in Mozambican LNG 

As a member of the Commonwealth, Mozambique could find itself a prime target of a post-Brexit UK in search of trade opportunities. Yet the Minister for Exports and head of UK Export Finance has found himself stuck between entrepreneurs and NGOs warning against the environmental impact of gas rigs. [...]

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