BP has set a deadline for completion of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) natural gas project offshore Mauritania and Senegal to Q1 2024, the British energy giant announced on Tuesday during a conference call. According to BP’s interim CEO Murray Auchincloss, the project is 90% complete. The GTA project was originally expected to begin production in 2023 but was met with delays in its pipelaying operations. The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project is located 120 kilometres from the shore in water depths of 2,850 metres.
The first phase of the project is under development, which will export gas to an FPSO provided by Golar LNG. The gas will be processed and separated on the vessel before being delivered to a floating offshore facility located 10 kilometres from the shore. Production of around 2.3 million tonnes of LNG per year is estimated for when the first phase is complete.
The second phase is expected to produce between 2.5 million tonnes and 3 million tonnes of LNG per year. BP is the operator of the project alongside independent Kosmos Energy and Société des pétroles du Sénégal and Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures, the NOCs of Senegal and Mauritania, respectively.