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
Sospeter Muhongo, Tanzania’s energy minister, has said the country must progress its LNG project. (Wentworth)

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
Pemba, the site of the LNG project being developed in Mozambique by Eni. (Interfax)

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
In the short term BP may supply LNG to Mozambique from its global portfolio. (BP plc)

BP explores Moz LNG-to-power opportunities

BP, the offtaker for Mozambique's Coral FLNG project, is also looking at options to import LNG into the country to meet power demand.

17 March 2017
A drillship off Mozambique. The country is making progress with its LNG plans. (Anadarko)

Moz government looks to kickstart LNG projects

The government of Mozambique now has the ‘feeling of urgency’ needed to make its LNG projects happen, the head of ENH says.

13 March 2017
Walvis Bay in Namibia, the proposed site for the Kudu gas-to-power plant. (Jeremy Hetzel, Flickr)

More delays, still no PPAs for Namibian gas-to-power

Another financial deadline has come and gone for the developers of the Walvis Bay LNG-to-power project in Namibia.

6 March 2017
A South African coal-fired power plant. The IPP tender for gas-fired power in the country has hit snags. (Eskom)

An LNG-to-power tender, South African style

South Africa’s gas-fired IPP tender will open up a new market to LNG and power developers – and with that, some new challenges.

27 February 2017
Power lines near Sasolburg. South Africa hopes to support LNG-to-power projects. (John Hogg, World Bank)

Delays worry bidders in South Africa’s gas IPP tender

Further delays are expected on South Africa’s gas IPP, which may be scaring off some of the tender’s smaller bidders.

23 February 2017
Officials tour Tanzanian gas infrastructure. The government is planning to cut its ties with IPPs. (Tanzanian energy ministry)

IPP dispute spells gloom for Tanzanian power

The government’s reluctance to raise power prices and its growing debts to IPPs could leave Tanzania struggling to meet its ambitious power targets.

8 February 2017
Mozambique has allocated gas to Yara International for a fertiliser plant in the country. (Yara International)

Mozambique makes its picks in gas tender

Mozambique has selected Shell and Yara to develop giant GTL and fertiliser projects in Cabo Delgado.

1 February 2017
Anadarko operations off the Mozambican coast. The company plans to base an onshore site at Afungi. (Anadarko)

Cooperation deal moves closer for Afungi LNG

Mozambique’s government is pushing Eni and Anadarko to start work on resettlement for their LNG project, but first they must decide who will lead construction of the shared infrastructure.

23 January 2017
A gas flow test offshore Mozambique. The country is making progress on upstream regulation. (Anadarko)

Government approves key Mozambique LNG agreements

Anadarko is hoping the legal and contractual framework for its Mozambique LNG project will be completed by the end of the year.

7 December 2016
Anadarko and the other shareholders in Mozambique‘s Offshore Area 1 are waiting on key approvals. (Anadarko)

Key approvals still pending for Mozambique LNG

Anadarko hopes its Mozambique LNG resettlement plan will be put to the Council of Ministers next week.

2 December 2016
The site of the Pemba logistics base, which will act as a hub for oil and gas exploration in Mozambique. (Interfax)

Bank bids in for Coral FLNG, but prices likely to rise

Mozambique's debt situation means the pricing on Coral FLNG's financing may rise, but the project is still on track for an FID in 2017.

3 November 2016
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has appointed a new energy minister. (Adrien Barbier, Flickr)

Mozambique delays gas project tender

Mozambique will have its work cut out if it is to approve its onshore LNG and domestic gas project plans before the end of the year.

18 October 2016
Discoveries in Angola’s blocks 20 and 21.

Cobalt hopes to drum up interest in Angolan gas

A new gas regime may make the finds offshore Angola more attractive to foreign investors as Cobalt reopens its data rooms.

25 August 2016
Location of Namibia’s proposed gas-to-power projects and the Kudu block.

Xaris limps toward finish line, Kudu still on blocks

The outlook for Namibia’s Kudu power project still looks bleak, but Xaris Energy’s 250 MW Walvis Bay development may finally be nearing financial close.

22 August 2016
The Ghanaian port of Tema. Golar’s Tundra FSRU is now moored there. (Jonathan Ernst/World Bank)

Ghana should approve LNG project by Q3 – GNPC

WAGL’s FSRU project may be further advanced on the ground, but it seems Quantum Power’s development has greater political support.

17 August 2016
The Tundra FSRU is moored outside the port of Tema. (Jonathan Ernst, World Bank)

Ghana LNG work continues despite govt indecision

With the final say still hanging on which LNG import project will proceed, Ghana is pushing ahead with an LPG-fuelled emergency power programme.

12 August 2016
South Africa's gas is in the Karoo Basin. (Dominic Morel)

Social licence key to South African gas industrialisation

South Africa is working to advance its gas industry, but developers will have to tread carefully to avoid stirring up tensions in the region, says Denton’s Noor Kapdi.

10 August 2016
Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos. He is aiming to reform his country’s energy insurance system. (PA)

Angola shifts energy insurance ‘between monopolies’

A presidential decree aimed at opening up Angola’s energy market may have shifted the monopoly from one state-owned entity to another.

5 August 2016

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