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Leigh Elston

Sub-Saharan Africa specialist

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.

Drillship offshore Mozambique

Total looks to alternative financing for Mozambique LNG

Mozambique LNG is moving towards financial close in Q2 2020, but there are fresh questions over how operator Total will fund its stake.

3 days ago Middle East & Africa / LNG
Pemba in Mozambique.

Insurgency moves nearer to Mozambique LNG site

As fewer contractors are using the main road from Pemba to Palma, the insurgency in northern Mozambique has been drawn further north – closer to the LNG site itself.

19 November 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
A coal power plant in South Africa.

South Africa sets unrealistic goal for LNG-to-power

The country's long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan has set an impossible timeline for the development of an LNG-to-power programme.

31 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
South African Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Coal to limit South Africa’s gas ambitions

The finished version of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan will see coal continue to dominate the national power sector.

24 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
South African Energy Minister Samson Gwede Mantashe.

South Africa could import LNG via Mozambique

Policy stasis means Mozambique could become the LNG import hub for South Africa, instead of Richards Bay or Coega.

10 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Rovuma LNG's initial investment decision ceremony in Maputo

Rovuma LNG signs investment decision amid security concerns

Exxon celebrated an ‘initial’ investment decision on the project on Tuesday, but FID has been pushed back to Q1 2020 amid the uncertain security situation.

8 October 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Anadarko drilling offshore Mozambique

Total hits ground running with smooth acquisition of Moz LNG

Total's quick acquisition of Mozambique LNG has set it off on the right foot with the Mozambique government, which is eager to recoup tax from the sale.

30 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Mthuli Ncube, Zimbabwe's finance minister

Invictus looks for backer for Zimbabwe gas prospect

A gas prospect in northern Zimbabwe looks promising, but political and economic chaos in the country is discouraging interest.

19 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
A floating power barge

Mozambique: Africa’s next LNG importer?

Mozambique will be Africa’s next big LNG exporter, but if it pulls off two major new projects it could be the region’s next big importer too.

12 September 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The 288 MW Azito facility near Abidjan in Ivory Coast

Will US LNG prosper under Prosper Africa?

US LNG could make its way to Africa if companies can help move sub-Saharan Africa beyond its LNG import impasse.

11 July 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Gas flow test offshore Mozambique

Sasol eyes pipeline from Rovuma to South Africa

Sasol needs to source new gas supplies for plants in South Africa, and a pipeline from Mozambique's Rovuma Basin could be its preferred way of doing so

27 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
An Anadarko drillship off Mozambique

FID on Mozambique LNG is just the beginning

Mozambique’s first onshore LNG project has survived an insurgency, two cyclones, a debt crisis, and a bidding war to reach an FID

20 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Duvha coal power station in South Africa

SA carbon tax to drive green transition long term

The new carbon tax could help force the country to transition from coal to green energy, even if the immediate impact will be modest.

6 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation
The Anadarko logo on a screen at the New York Stock Exchange.

‘Superior’ Oxy Anadarko bid to see Total take on Moz LNG

Mozambique LNG will reach an FID in mid-June regardless of whether Occidental or Chevron take over Anadarko, but an Oxy buy-out would see Total acquire the asset.

8 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
An Anadarko rig off Mozambique

Anadarko pushes Moz LNG FID as Oxy talks start

Occidental’s takeover of Anadarko could delay the Mozambique LNG project, putting pressure on the sponsors to sign off on the plant now

2 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
An Anadarko drillship in Mozambican waters

Chevron-Anadarko deal is a boost for Moz LNG

Chevron has thrown its support behind the Mozambique LNG project it will operate as part of the $50 billion takeover

18 April 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
Construction work on a Tanzanian pipeline

SADC gas pooling plans to boost infrastructure and LNG imports

The group's Regional Gas Master Plan could stimulate the development of gas infrastructure by pooling local demand across the bloc’s 16 member countries.

28 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa making his State of the nation address in February.

Clock ticking on restart of South Africa’s LNG tender

The country's energy minister has said the IRP will be approved in March – and it will need to be if the LNG import tender is to restart in time.

20 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / LNG
The Mossel Bay GTL plant

Total find could change South Africa’s fortunes

The French company's gas condensate discovery could be significant for South Africa, but it is too early to say how significant – and the Outeniqua Basin has proven disappointing in the past.

14 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production
Ophir Energy activity offshore Tanzania

Ophir’s prized Tanzanian assets almost worthless

Medco Energi has valued Ophir at just $511 million, giving another indication that the deepwater gas in the company's Tanzania blocks might just stay in the ground.

7 February 2019 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production

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