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Gas Exporters Meet in Cairo

The 24th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum GECF is being held on the 25th of October 2022, in Cairo, the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Tarek El Molla, the host country’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, will chair the Meeting in his capacity as President of the GECF Ministerial Meeting for 2022.

The Ministerial Meeting is the supreme governing body of the Forum and meets once a year in accordance with the GECF Statute.

The GECF was established in 2001. In 2008, it was transformed into an international governmental organisation headquartered in Doha, the State of Qatar.

“Energy security and affordability have moved to the top of the priority list of policymakers, with sustainability taking a backseat”

The GECF comprises of 19 member countries, with Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela as Members, and Angola, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Malaysia, Mozambique, Norway, Peru, and the UAE as Observers.

Together, they represent 72% of the global proven natural gas reserves, 43% of marketed production, 55% of exports by pipeline, and 50% of LNG exports.

Mr. El Molla has promised, as host and chair, “to provide a constructive dialogue that will contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the Forum and all its member countries while focusing on the future role of natural gas in the energy transition process as a reliable and affordable source of energy.

“Energy security and affordability have moved to the top of the priority list of policymakers, with sustainability taking a backseat”, observes Mohamed Hamel, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. “Another energy crisis, that faced daily by three billion people lacking access to modern energy services, continues unabated and has even worsened. Furthermore, the IPCC Sixth Assessment Working Groups’ reports have once again underlined the urgency of mitigation and adaptation to climate change”.

Mr. Hamel, who is Algerian, notes that Natural gas markets are going through a rapid and substantial restructuring in terms of physical flows, investment, and contractual arrangements. From being the market of last resort, Europe has become the preferred destination for LNG cargoes. In the event, “some developing countries are no longer able to satisfy their gas import needs, a situation that creates economic havoc, lowers the standard of living of their people, and gives rise to political and social instability.

“Against this backdrop, the 24th GECF Ministerial Meeting is a great opportunity to exchange views, and explore ways and means to strengthen the Forum and expand its membership. It is also an opportunity to reemphasise the crucial role of natural gas in sustainable development, and as an enabler of the energy transition – a transition that is smooth, cost-effective, just, and leaves no one behind”, the secretary general declares.

“It is all the more a great opportunity that the 24th GECF Ministerial Meeting is held in Cairo, the Arab Republic of Egypt, a very important country for natural gas markets, with a thriving, dynamic and innovative industry.  It is also a wonderful coincidence that Egypt is set to host COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh in 2022”.


Savannah Agrees to Deliver a Trickle of Gas to Axxela 

British gas producer Savannah Energy has agreed to supply a maximum of five million standard cubic feet per day (5MMscf/d) of gas to Axxela, a Nigerian ‘last mile’ gas distributor.

The gas will be delivered via Savannah’s Ikot Abasi Gas Receiving Facility in southeastern Nigeria and then via third-party gas infrastructure to Central Horizon Gas Company CHGC, a majority-owned subsidiary of Axxela in the Port Harcourt, the commercial hub in the east of the country.

Axxela supplies natural gas to over 185 industrial and commercial customers via its gas infrastructure network across cities in Southern Nigeria including Lagos and Port Harcourt.

CHGC operates a 17km gas pipeline infrastructure network with a throughput capacity of 50 MMscfpd, which provides natural gas to industrial and commercial customers in the Trans Amadi Industrial Area of Port Harcourt as well as the Greater Port Harcourt Area. 

The Gas Sales Agreement, GSA is initially for one year but is extendable by mutual agreement. First gas deliveries are expected to commence within the next 12 months and are dependent on CHGC completing certain works to connect to the third-party gas delivery infrastructure. Accugas is not expected to incur any additional capital expenditure in this regard.


Why Aje Field Cannot Yet Supply Gas to Lagos

It would seem a no-brainer that the Aje gas and condensate field, which reached first oil in May 2016, should have advanced to the stage of supplying natural gas to Lagos by mid-2021.

The field is strategically located 24 kilometres offshore Lagos where it should benefit from increasing local energy demand, particularly for gas which is viewed as a replacement fuel for diesel and commands a premium.

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TOTAL Reopens Office in Gas Rich Cabo Delgado

TOTALEnergies has opened an information office in the city of Pemba, in the gas-rich Cabo Delgado Province in Mozambique.

With this move, the company is gradually effecting a return, nine months after suspending its activities in the Afungi Peninsula, after an Islamist militant attack in the nearby town of Palma in March 2021, in which dozens of people were killed.

Afungi Peninsula is the site of TOTALEnergies’ proposed 13Million Tonnes Per Annum Liquefied Natural Gas LNG plant. 

The new information office in Pemba is 125 kilometres south of the Palma district.

A multinational force comprising troops from Rwanda and soldiers from countries in the Southern African Development Commission (SADEC) region has repelled the insurgents from many of their bases in the province, but the rebels have spread out and now conduct guerilla-style attacks. 

The office is expected to ease communication between interested parties in the LNG project.


LNG Supply: Turkey Pivots from Nigeria to Egypt

Seven Egyptian Liquefied Natural Gas cargoes have been shipped to Turkey since October 2021, the same month that the latter country ended its contract with Nigerian LNG.

There are no indications that Botas, the Turkish state hydrocarbon company with which NLNG signed the expired contract, has a contract with Egypt.

Turkey and Egypt re-established formal diplomatic relations in early 2021, almost eight years after they were broken off following the military coup that ousted Egypt’s first Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

An S&P Platts Global report declares that Botas has held a number of tenders for spot LNG cargoes in recent months, and is believed to have secured some supplies although exact volumes and delivery dates are not clear.

“Turkey is set for record high gas demand in 2021 — of as much as 2 Trillion Cubic Feet — on the back of strong consumption in the power sector, and”, the S&P Platts report adds…” …it is facing the prospect of more of its long-term import contracts expiring in the near future …with one long-term LNG contract in place — with Algeria’s state-owned Sonatrach — that is due to run until 2024, but otherwise has been taking cargoes mostly from the US and Qatar”.


Egypt’s LNG Exports in Full Throttle

By Toyin Akinosho

Egypt is capitalizing on the surge in natural gas prices overseas by exporting the equivalent of around 1.6Billion cubic feet per day (1.6Bcf/d), from its two LNG Terminals. 

“Egyptian gas has played a role in securing Europe’s energy needs … The liquefaction units are now operating at full capacity as we try to maximize our natural gas exports in light of the rise in international gas prices,” Tarik El Molla, the country’s Minister of Petroleum, said on the sidelines of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum ministerial meeting in Cairo.

At least 75 LNG shipments have been shipped so far in 2021 — a huge jump after having only shipped 24 during the whole of last year. As of the second week of November, more than eight gas shipments had departed from Egypt in 4TH Quarter 2021., data from S&P Global Platts indicate.

Egypt’s gas production fortunes slumped in the early to mid-2010s while domestic consumption rose, forcing the country to halt LNG export.

But in late 2015, ENI discovered Zohr, the giant gas field (> 22Tcf), in the deepwaters of the Mediterranean and gradually reclaimed its role as a net exporter of LNG. The country’s total natural gas output currently ranges between 6.5 and 7Bcf/d, Mr. Molla told the EMGF ministerial meeting.


Golar & Partners to increase Cameroon’s LNG Production to 1.4MMTPA

GNL Golar and its partners Perenco and the National Hydrocarbons corporation SNH plan to increase floating LNG plant Hilli Episeyo’s yearly production capacity from 1.2Million to 1.4 Million tons in 2022. 

The plant monetizes gas from the Sanaga Sud field, in MLHP-4 Block in the offshore area of the central Douala Basin. 

Commissioned in 2018, FLNG Hilli Episeyo has 2.4Million tonnes of liquefaction capacity. 

Golar says that the plant has delivered 100 percent commercial uptime since first gas in 2018.

According to the agreement binding the parties, Perenco and SNH have the option to increase the production capacity by an additional 200,000 tons yearly from January 2023 to 2026, which marks the end of the current contract. 

Should the parties decide to go this route, they will confirm it in Q3-2022.

Perenco and SNH intend to assess the potential of two to three additional gas wells and start drilling them this year in a bid to increase the upstream capacity in 2022 in preparation for the production.


Coral-Sul FLNG Begins Sail Away from South Korea to Mozambique

Italian operator ENI has held the naming and sail away ceremony of the Coral-Sul floating LNG (FLNG) at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.

The FLNG, which is part of the Coral South Project, will be now towed and moored at its operating site in the Rovuma basin offshore Mozambique. Production startup is expected in the second half of 2022, and it will contribute to increasing gas availability in a tight market.

FLNG treatment and liquefaction installation has a gas liquefaction capacity of 3.4Million tons per year (MTPA) and will put in production 450Billion cubic metres of gas from the giant Coral reservoir, located in the offshore Rovuma Basin.

Partners, with ENI, on the project, include ExxonMobil, CNPC, GALP, KOGAS, and ENH. The event took place, in the presence of the Mozambican President, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, and Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea.

The Coral South Project achieved Final Investment Decision in 2017, only 36 months after the last appraisal well. “FLNG fabrication and construction activities started in 2018 and were completed on cost and on time, despite the pandemic”, ENI says in a statement. While performing the construction activities in Korea, several significant activities were undertaken in Mozambique, with full support from the Mozambican Authorities, including the ultra-deepwater (2000 metres water depth) drilling and completion campaign that involved the highest technological and operational skills and equipment.

“The Coral South Project will generate significant Government takes for the Country while creating more than 800 new jobs during the operation period.

“The Coral Sul FLNG is 432 metres long and 66 metres wide, weighs around 220,000 tons, and has the capacity to accommodate up to 350 people in its eight-story Living Quarter module. Once the FLNG facility will be in place, the installation campaign will begin, including mooring and hook-up operations at a water depth of around 2,000 metres by means of 20 mooring lines that totally weigh 9,000 tons.

About Area 4

Area 4 is operated by Mozambique Rovuma Venture S.p.A. (MRV), an incorporated joint venture owned by Eni, Exxon Mobil, and CNPC, which holds a 70 percent interest in the Area 4 exploration and production concession contract. In addition to MRV, Galp, KOGAS, and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos E.P. each hold a 10 percent interest in Area 4. ENI is the offshore Delegated Operator and is leading the construction and operation of the floating liquefied natural gas facility on behalf of MRV.


Cameroon Will Import 120,000MT of LPG in 2021

Cameroon’s Bipaga Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plant, owned and operated the country’s National Hydrocarbons Corporation (SNH), supplied 25,092 metric tons (MT) of LPG to the local market in 2020, representing 16.93% of the national supply, according to SNH data. 

In 2021, this supply could rise to 34,000 MT, due particularly to the optimization of the natural gas (from Sanaga Sud) treatment process, the SNH adds. 

But the country consumes around 150,000MT per year.

Since Cameroon became a natural gas producer in 2018, then it has been processing part of its production to supply households. 

The Bipaga LPG depot, indeed, was commissioned in the same year. However, its production is currently unable to meet local demand. So, the country resorts to imports to fill the gas demand. For instance, to cover the needs this year, the country plans to import 120,000 metric tons of domestic gas.


Mozambique Gets Very Little of Rovuma Gas for Domestic Market

The sale of nearly 90% of the production of the Mozambique LNG project has been secured by long-term contracts for delivery to customers in Asia and Europe, according to TOTALEnergies, operator of the 13Million Metric Tonne Project.

“Part of the remaining gas is expected to be kept for the domestic market in order to contribute to the country’s economic development. The first LNG shipments are expected in 2024”, TOTALEnergies explains in a briefing.

But even if TOTALEnergies was ready to set aside more gas for the country’s domestic market, the government wasn’t exactly bullish about pushing homegrown natural gas utilization.

As the country became surer about the likelihood of Final Investment Decision (FID) for the two massive LNG projects, (28Million Tons Per Year in total), the government selected several initiatives that would benefit from the domestic gas that the LNG partners were obliged to make available to the state. But all of the project promoters have been forced on the backfoot.

The Norwegian fertilizer company Yara International, which had been given the nod to build a petrochemicals plant supplied with gas from TOTAL operated Area 1 (after development), has since left, after raising several concerns about the slow pace of regulatory discussions between it and the authorities. Even if the gas was not going to be available until the first cargo of LNG is exported, there needed to be a framework. But the government’s wholesale focus on the export has sucked out all the energy in the room.

Anglo Dutch Shell’s plan to construct a Gas to Liquid Plant with the same Cabo Delgado gas was also stalled. So, Shell has left, as has GL Africa Energy, which won the bid for a 250-MW gas-fired power station. The three projects were meant to process at least 411 Million standard cubic feet of gas a day (411MMscf/d) after the commencement of the LNG production, with job opportunities.

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