Europe’s move away from Russian gas provides a ready-made market for a huge project developing in West Africa, Mauritania’s oil minister said on Thursday.
“In this ten-year period from now until 2030, priority is given to exploiting the country’s full potential for gas,” Abd Esselam Ould Mohamed Salah told the African Energy Forum in Brussels.
“Recent prices have opened the door for Mauritania, Senegal and other African countries to export more natural gas to Europe,” he said.
“Europe needs to diversify its supply resources so that this fantastic opportunity – we do not have to miss it.”
BP, which manages the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas project covering Mauritania and Senegal, is set to start production by December 2023, he said.