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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.

The Anadarko logo on a screen at the New York Stock Exchange.

‘Superior’ Oxy Anadarko bid to see Total take on Moz LNG

Mozambique LNG will reach an FID in mid-June regardless of whether Occidental or Chevron take over Anadarko, but an Oxy buy-out would see Total acquire the asset.

8 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
An Anadarko rig off Mozambique

Anadarko pushes Moz LNG FID as Oxy talks start

Occidental’s takeover of Anadarko could delay the Mozambique LNG project, putting pressure on the sponsors to sign off on the plant now

2 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
An Anadarko drillship in Mozambican waters

Chevron-Anadarko deal is a boost for Moz LNG

Chevron has thrown its support behind the Mozambique LNG project it will operate as part of the $50 billion takeover

18 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Construction work on a Tanzanian pipeline

SADC gas pooling plans to boost infrastructure and LNG imports

The group's Regional Gas Master Plan could stimulate the development of gas infrastructure by pooling local demand across the bloc’s 16 member countries.

28 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa making his State of the nation address in February.

Clock ticking on restart of South Africa’s LNG tender

The country's energy minister has said the IRP will be approved in March – and it will need to be if the LNG import tender is to restart in time.

20 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Mossel Bay GTL plant

Total find could change South Africa’s fortunes

The French company's gas condensate discovery could be significant for South Africa, but it is too early to say how significant – and the Outeniqua Basin has proven disappointing in the past.

14 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Ophir Energy activity offshore Tanzania

Ophir’s prized Tanzanian assets almost worthless

Medco Energi has valued Ophir at just $511 million, giving another indication that the deepwater gas in the company's Tanzania blocks might just stay in the ground.

7 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG
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 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
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 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
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 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
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 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
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 Middle East & Africa / LNG

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