Yemen LNG unlikely to restart anytime soon

By Verity Ratcliffe 20 March 2017
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The Balhaf LNG export plant has been largely untouched by the war, but pipelines have been targeted. (Yemen LNG) The Balhaf LNG export plant has been largely untouched by the war, but pipelines have been targeted. (Yemen LNG)

Yemen LNG is unlikely to restart operations imminently despite claims by the government that it has entered into fruitful discussions with IOCs on their return to areas near the project’s gas production and export facilities.

Seif Sharif, Yemen’s minister of oil and minerals for the Saudi-backed government aligned to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, has said the provinces of Hadramout, Marib and Shabwa are showing signs of stability and may soon attract IOC investment.

The government is committed to supporting an environment conducive to oil and gas exploration in the regions, Sharif reportedly said on a recent visit to production facilities in Hadramout. However, his reassurances may not hold much weight while his government remains in exile.

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