Exploration & Production

Mauritania’s Banda gas field auction advances

The West African country says large IOCs are interesting in developing its offshore Banda field The West African country says large IOCs are interesting in developing its offshore Banda field.
By Miriam Malek 6 October 2017 0 27871
eirik raude rig A rig operated by Tullow Oil. The company has left the Banda field. (Tullow)

Mauritania expects four companies to bid to develop the upstream portion of its Banda gas-to-power project, a senior figure in the country’s energy ministry has told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

“We invited some companies [to a meeting] in Paris and 12 attended; after that we continued talks with eight of them. Among the eight, I think we will have firm offers from four of them,” said Mamadou Amadou Kane, head of development for the Banda gas-to-power project.

The offshore Banda field could hold around...