Greater Tortue Ahmeyim FLNG Terminal
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Greater Tortue Ahmeyim FLNG Terminal is a proposed floating liquefied natural gas terminal on the maritime border of Senegal and Mauritania. The terminal belongs to both countries.
- Parent: Mauritanian and Senegalese governments, BP, Kosmos Energy, and National Oil Companies Petrosen and SMHPM
- Location: on the maritime border of Senegal and Mauritania
- Coordinates: 16.355639, -17.745778 (approximate)
- Capacity: 10 mtpa
- Status: Construction
- Type: Import and Export
- Start Year: 2023
Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day
The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project will produce gas from an ultra-deepwater subsea system and mid-water floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which will process the gas, removing heavier hydrocarbon components. The gas will then be transferred to the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, a nearshore hub located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border.
The FLNG facility is designed to provide 2.5 million tonnes per annum, with the total gas resources in the field estimated to be around 15 trillion cubic feet. The produced gas will be used for export, as well as for domestic use in both Mauritania and Senegal. The parties will continue to finalize agreements and obtain final regulatory and contract approvals, following which Phase 1 of the development will move into a detailed design and construction phase.
Project execution activities are expected to commence in 1Q 2019. First gas for the project is expected in 2022. Following a competitive process involving all partners, BP Gas Marketing has been selected as the sole buyer for the investor partners’ LNG offtake for Tortue Phase 1. Partners involved include the Mauritanian and Senegalese governments, BP, Kosmos Energy and National Oil Companies Petrosen and SMHPM.
In October 2019 a US$700 million loan for the conversion of the LNG carrier Gimi into an FLNG vessel to serve the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim FLNG Terminal was closed. Participating commercial banks included ABN Amro, ING, Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered, with the publicly funded Development Bank of Japan also involved.
On April 7, 2020, BP declared force majeure due to delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and announced a one-year delay in delivering the project to 2023.
Articles and resources
- BP announces Final Investment Decision for Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG development, BP, accessed April 2019.
- 2020 World LNG Report, page 102, International Gas Union, April 27, 2020
- Gimi FLNG Production Vessel, IJGlobal, accessed May 25, 2020.
- BP issues force majeure to Golar over Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project, Reuters, Apr. 7, 2020