Leigh Elston

Sub-Saharan Africa correspondent

Leigh Elston has written extensively about the global gas and LNG market for Gas Strategies, focusing particularly on UK and US energy law, the Middle Eastern gas market, energy project finance and LNG project management. Before joining Gas Strategies, Leigh reported for 18 months on the oil and gas project finance market for Infrastructure Journal.

Anadarko operations in Mozambique

Terror threat looms large in Mozambique

The deteriorating security situation in Cabo Delgado could make Anadarko’s LNG project more expensive, but financing is moving despite the arrest of Mozambique's former finance minister.

17 January 2019
Maputo skyline, Mozambique

Anadarko, Exxon LNG race heats up in Mozambique

Exxon has submitted a revised LNG development plan to the Mozambique government, while Anadarko has secured 9.5 mtpa of LNG offtake.

20 December 2018
A long line of electricity pylons stretches into the distance in Namibia

Walvis Bay LNG import project reimagined

Xaris has redesigned its Namibian LNG-to-power plant to sell electricity to private players and for export.

11 December 2018
Pemba in Mozambique, the intended site of the country’s oil and gas logistics base.

Mozambique LNG players on the clock to outline scale-up plans

Mozambique’s LNG operators have just over six years to submit plans for monetising the rest of the Rovuma Basin gas.

4 December 2018
A decommissioned  coal power plant  in Bloemfontein,  South Africa.

Eskom restructure could stall SA’s LNG power plans

With debts mounting, rolling blackouts imminent and the first round of redundancies under way, the unbundling of South Africa’s power utility looks increasingly likely.

30 November 2018
A gas flow t est off the Mozambican coast.

Moz LNG to forge ahead despite Shell-Anadarko spat

The deadlock regarding the delivery date of gas from Anadarko's Area 1 to Mozambique's domestic market looks unlikely to stall the company's LNG development.

15 November 2018
Electricity pylons in Namibia

Kudu makes last-ditch plea for government support

The project partners are restarting negotiations with the Namibian government on the possibility of financial help.

2 November 2018
Anadarko drilling offshore Mozambique

Mozambique risks missing Chinese LNG demand

Mozambique needs to find $2.5 billion to finance its stake in the Rovuma LNG projects as pressure mounts to get both developments under way next year.

26 October 2018
A gas rig in Kenya

Kenya pins domestic gas hopes on Pate field

With Africa Oil leaving Block 9, the Pate field is Kenya’s last hope for developing its domestic gas resources.

19 September 2018
South Africa's Lethaba coal-fired power station

South Africa’s new energy plan good news for gas

Gas and renewables are the big winners in South Africa’s updated IRP, but a procurement process will need to start immediately to bring gas plants online by 2026.

30 August 2018
Mtwara to Dar es Salaam pipeline project

Tanzania waits on bids for pipeline to Uganda

Tanzania is hoping to export gas by pipeline to its landlocked neighbour by 2022.

21 August 2018
operations offshore Mozambique

Mozambique removes last obstacle to new exploration

The government has exempted IOCs from a rule requiring oil and gas concessionaires to list on the local stock exchange.

11 July 2018
Mwanza in Tanzania

Cross-border militancy raises alarm for Tanzania LNG

Attacks by insurgents have stalled early works on LNG projects in Mozambique, but do not yet pose a threat to Tanzania.

22 June 2018
The port of Pemba in Mozambique, site of an LNG logistics base

Militant threat halts work on Mozambique LNG

Oil and gas companies operating in northern Mozambique have suspended work while they assess the growing security threat.

11 June 2018
Electricity pylons in South Africa

South Africa prepares ground for carbon tax

There is little time left to road-test South Africa’s planned carbon tax before it takes effect next year.

14 May 2018
Anadarko operations offshore Mozambique

Engie may be next Mozambique LNG buyer – sources

Anadarko is expected to announce a deal with the French company for LNG from its Mozambique project soon, marking its third offtake agreement.

27 March 2018
Mozambican Energy Minister Max Tonela (right) at the German-Mozambican Economic Forum in Maputo. (PA)

Mozambique exploration contracts finalised by May – minister

Mozambique’s energy minister expects to submit new exploration contracts to the government next month following more than two years of delays.

26 March 2018
A drillship off Mozambique

Exxon could leapfrog Anadarko on Mozambique FID

Mozambique’s government expects Exxon to be the first company to take FID on an onshore LNG project in the country.

21 March 2018
An Anadarko drillship off Mozambique.

Moz LNG debt could close with ‘symbolic’ guarantee

The Mozambique government will struggle to provide a $2.25 billion guarantee on its LNG debt – but the financing could be structured to avoid this.

8 March 2018
An Aminex drillpad in Tanzania.

Tanzania’s domestic gas market picking up

As restructuring at Tanesco helps iron out payment problems for gas producers, the prospects for Tanzania’s domestic market have started to brighten.

5 March 2018

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