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Sandra Jeque, international conference director for Energy Capital & Power (ECP), met with Ahmed Vall Mohameden, adviser to the minister for cooperation and communication to forge a partnership for the promotion of Mauritania’s energy sector

With ECP’s flagship West African event, the MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power Conference approaching, the Ministry, state NOC la Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures and ECP will form a single strategy for the promotion of offshore blocks in Mauritania leading up to and throughout the conference and exhibition.

During the talks, Vall Mohameden stated, “African countries should stop acting alone and instead join forces towards the energy transition, building bridges of transnational cooperation for a more resilient regional grid.” 

As with continental energy leaders Morocco and Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritania is investigating the potential of green hydrogen for a decarbonised, low-cost, reliable power supply. The country also boasts world-class solar and wind reserves, producing the MSGBC region’s second highest volume of renewable energy per capita at 27.535 Watts, yet still actively seeks to expand its works in this space.

Indeed, renewables represent only one-quarter of total fiscal energy consumption for Mauritania, bioenergy being the largest contributor to this, followed by wind and solar. With the COP 27 conference approaching, hosted by Egypt this coming November, the MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power event represents a crucial chance for key West African stakeholders to reconnect following COP 26 Glasgow’s events, unifying their energy narrative for the region in solidarity.

Mauritania has a record 28 new offshore blocks open for bids from interested parties, numbered one through 36 and surrounding the existing C-7, C-8, C-10, C-12, C-15 and C-31 blocks operated by BP, Cairn, Shell and TotalEnergies. This is a rich region for upstream exploitation with proven reserves, such as the 13 tcf of natural gas discovered in C-8’s Bir Allah field and further one tcf of natural gas held in the Banda gas field. Discussions are underway with regards to fast LNG development , with a 2023 start of production slated for British Petroleum’s US$4.8bn transnational Senegal-Mauritania Grand Tortue Ahmeyim field

Gas-to-power works connected to Banda field could commence as early as 2024.

Last year, Energy, Capital & Power’s conferences saw US$2.5bn worth of deals signed, and this year’s MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power event will attract investment delegations from the United States, Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With the event’s theme being “The Future of Natural Gas: Growth Using Strategic Investment and Policymaking,” Mauritania can expect to see wide-reaching interest in its new offshore blocks from corporate investors across Africa and abroad as the MSGBC region’s ‘gas rush’ gathers steam. The conference will be opened by HE Macky Sall, president of the Republic of Senegal and elected chairperson of the African Union, who has himself often advocated for stronger regional cooperation for development- a powerful supporter of gas exploitation for development and for a just African energy transition.