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The Mauritanian-South African EPCM Consultants/Meen Consultants consortium has been selected by the Ministry of Petroleum, Mines and Energy to develop Mauritania’s Oil and Gas Master Plan, a comprehensive strategy for the exploration, production and development of the country’s hydrocarbon resources.
Fourteen international firms also displayed interest in the contract – of which seven were shortlisted – following the launch of a consultation in August 2019.
The decision reinforces the collaborative nature of the relationship between Mauritania and South Africa, along with the success of South-South partnerships in advancing energy objectives. With approximately one trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves – and the offshore Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project being developed in partnership with Senegal – a Gas Master Plan will enable Mauritania to optimize the exploration and monetization of its reserves.
In addition to incorporating provisions for natural gas discoveries – Kosmos Energy made one of the largest natural gas discoveries offshore Mauritania in 2019, in which potential extraction is estimated at 50 trillion cubic feet – the Gas Master Plan will include specific local content provisions across energy value chain. Accordingly, Mauritania is positioning natural gas exploitation at the forefront of its energy transformation.