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Senegal’s petroleum ministry looks downstream

Two decisions by Senegal’s government hint at the integration of upstream gas projects with the country’s electricity sector Two decisions by Senegal’s government hint at the integration of upstream gas projects with the country’s electricity sector.
By Felix Janvrin 18 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation 0 34141
BP's Greater Tortue/Ahmeyim LNG development. (BP plc)

The key issue: Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé, former head of Senegalese state electricity company Senelec, was appointed as petroleum minister in President Macky Sall’s new cabinet on 7 April. On 11 April, the cabinet moved ministerial oversight for Senelec to the Petroleum Ministry.

Interfax analysis: Two decisions by the Senegalese government suggest it is taking steps to connect its domestic gas production to state-owned Senelec’s power fleet. The first of these decisions was taken on 7 April, when former Senelec head Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé was appointed...