Leigh Elston

Africa editor

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.

Email: leigh.elston@interfax.co.uk
A ship offshore Mozambique performing a gas flow test.

Mozambique LNG on track to start resettlement this year

Mozambique could lay the first stone of the LNG site resettlement village this year, but it still has work to do finding buyers for its gas.

19 October 2017
The port of Pemba in  Mozambique, site of  the LNG logistics base.

Militant attacks spook investors in Mozambique LNG

Attacks near Mozambique’s planned LNG projects may not be linked to Al-Shabab, but they hint at a future of more unrest in the region.

18 October 2017
South African electricity pylons

South Africa needs dollar finance to drive down costs for gas IPPs

South Africa wants to fund its LNG-to-power projects in its own currency, but switching to dollars would reduce costs and give more flexibility, industry players say.

11 October 2017
South African President Jacob Zuma at a recent summit.

Mozambique-South Africa pipeline talks to resume in November

As South Africa’s LNG-to-power project remains on hold, high-level preparations for a feasibility study to pipe gas from the Rovuma Basin are under way.

10 October 2017
Jacob Zuma addresses the BRICS summit

IOCs get in position for new South Africa upstream law

Companies are making plans to start drilling in South Africa next year in the hope a new oil and gas law will be passed by December.

25 September 2017
Seismic survey vessel

PetroSA’s Russian connection causes a stir

A $400 million exploration deal between Rosgeo and PetroSA has caused some surprise but could prove a lifeline for South Africa’s beleaguered NOC.

18 September 2017

Mozambique’s downstream projects need cheaper gas

Mozambique will need to offer gas more cheaply than $2.64/MMBtu to make the country’s planned GTL and fertiliser projects economic.

26 July 2017

New legislation could cripple Tanzanian LNG

Laws that allow contracts to be renegotiated and ban arbitration in international courts could kill off the prospects for LNG projects in Tanzania.

6 July 2017

Marine agreements bring Moz LNG FID closer

After months of locking heads with Eni and Anadarko, Mozambique has finally approved the Rovuma Basin marine concession agreements.

23 June 2017

Policy limbo could lose gas game for South Africa

South Africa’s energy policy is stagnating while its neighbours are pushing forward with producing gas and LNG.

13 June 2017

New determination on South African gas power likely – NERSA

South Africa’s gas tender looks in doubt following a high court ruling calling for greater consultation on the country’s nuclear power programme.

12 June 2017

LNG traders turn to African gas assets as margins fall

LNG trading houses are looking to invest in upstream and downstream gas assets as margins in their traditional business continue to fall.

7 June 2017

Equatorial Guinea reveals offtaker shortlist for Fortuna

Equatorial Guinea has shortlisted three offtakers for the Fortuna FLNG plant, but the FID on the project looks likely to slip.

6 June 2017

Future of gas uncertain as South Africa awaits IRP

South Africa’s IPP office is waiting on publication of the Integrated Resource Plan for clarification on the scale and timing of the domestic gas-fired power programme.

31 May 2017

Budget speech casts doubt on SA gas policy

The South African energy minister’s vague budget speech seemed to suggest a shift in policy away from LNG and towards pipeline imports from Mozambique.

26 May 2017

Coral FLNG finance gets all-clear from Mozambique

The Coral FLNG project has cleared the last hurdle before its FID, but sign-off on contracts from the fifth licensing round is still a long way away.

17 May 2017

Last chance for SA to save credibility on carbon tax

With reporting regulations in place, South Africa’s carbon tax policy is taking shape despite repeated delays to the enforcement of the levy.

11 May 2017

South Africa awaits new draft of carbon tax bill

South Africa will not be ready for a carbon tax in 2018 without more gas-fired power generation, industrial players argue.

8 May 2017

IOCs take the lead on Tanzania’s LNG regulation

IOCs have set the LNG agenda with Tanzania’s government by submitting a draft host government agreement, but negotiations are likely to be tough.

27 April 2017

Investors query Mozambique CGT application

Mozambique’s $350 million capital gains tax on Eni’s $2.8 billion sale to ExxonMobil has raised eyebrows.

29 March 2017

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