Companies working on a project to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in Tanzania have settled on a site location. According to Tanzania’s energy minister, the government has requested that this information be made public early next week.
An announcement of a site could be a major milestone for the project, even though a final investment decision is not due for a number of years. In Tanzania, only a few LNG export projects have won a final investment decision over the past two years.
"The location of the plant will be left to the companies - BG, Statoil and their partners Exxon Mobil and Ophir," energy minister Sospeter Muhongo told Reuters. "They have now selected one site and we've told them to make an announcement, and I'm hoping they'll do it next week."
Tanzania and Mozambique are competing with Russia, Australia and Canada to build LNG export plants, aiming to exploit a gap in global supply that is expected to open up by 2020.
The country estimates it has 42.7 trillion ft3 of gas following a number of large exploration projects and finds off Tanzania’s southern coast.
Tanzania's deputy minister for energy and minerals said in November the southern region of Lindi was being considered for the location of the LNG liquefaction plant.
Muhongo said the government supported the choice of location, and that he planned to meet with the oil firms in April to draw up a timeline for the development of the LNG project.
Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward
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