Leigh Elston

Sub-Saharan 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.

leigh.elston@interfax.co.uk
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
The Hoegh Grace FSRU vessel.

Future of Quantum Tema LNG project still uncertain

Quantum Power and Höegh LNG remain upbeat about their plans to install an FSRU at Tema even though the vessel has been rechartered.

27 February 2018
A gas-fired power station in Congo-Brazzaville.

Senegal builds coal bridge to gas-fired power

Senegal plans to use coal-fired power as a stopgap until its offshore gas fields come online.

23 February 2018
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.

IRP confusion gives South African investors pause for thought

A presidential adviser has indicated South Africa’s energy strategy document could be released soon, but the industry remains sceptical.

22 February 2018
Anadarko drilling off Mozambique.

Mozambique approves POD for Anadarko LNG project

Anadarko still needs to tie up sales and financing, but government approval of the plan of development for its 12.8 mtpa LNG project is a crucial step to FID.

8 February 2018
Duvha coal power station, South Africa

Eskom crisis could force shift to cleaner energy in South Africa

Addressing corruption and the company’s massive debt is the first priority for Eskom’s new management – the next will be shifting towards cheaper and cleaner generation.

2 February 2018
A Sasol drilling rig at Temane G8 in Mozambique.

Statoil exits Mozambique fifth licensing round talks

A deadlock in negotiations on signing exploration contracts following Mozambique’s fifth licensing round means investors are now preparing to walk away.

26 January 2018
A drillship performing a flow test.

Eni pulls it off in Mozambique

Coral FLNG carries high risk both technically and politically – and yet it was the only LNG project to reach FID this year

21 December 2017
A drilling rig in Mozambique

Moz regulator creates confusion over latest block award

The INP has denied the only consortium to team up with a local player in Mozambique’s fifth licensing round has been awarded an exploration block.

20 December 2017

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