By Toyin Akinosho
Almost half of it from Libya, despite the war
ENI reported 2.23 Billion cubic feet (Bcf) of gas per day produced and sold in/from seven African countries in 2014. The Italian player is involved in gas projects in all the countries in which it has production. Gas sales from Libya averaged 911Million standard cubic feet a day (911MMscf/d) in the year, despite the war. In Egypt, the company produced 649.8MMscf/d, while it delivered 324.1MMscf/d in Nigeria and 145.1MMscf/d in Congo. ENI produced a total of 196.2MMsc/d in Algeria, Angola and Tunisia combined.
Shell came a distant second to ENI in African gas production in 2014 with output of 791MMscf/d and TOTAL produced 693MMscf/d, both of them mainly from Nigeria.
ENI’s largest gas project on the continent is the Western Gas project in Libya, whose output is split 20:80 between domestic use and export (to Italy). ENI contributes significantly to the Egyptian national domestic gas grid and participates in major gas projects in Nigeria (it is responsible for over 10% of the country’s electricity generation with a gas to power project that delivers roughly 120MMsc/d to a thermal plant with 480MW nameplate capacity). The company is also the leading natural gas producer in Congo, where it constructed the Centrale Electrique du Congo (CEC), a 300 MW gas-fueled power station that is expandable to 450 MW.
More detailed features and briefs-with data-on Majors in Africa are to be found in the April 2015 edition of Africa Oil+Gas Report.