The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) natural gas project, located between Senegal and Mauritania, has been delayed until the first quarter of 2024, according to British global oil and gas major bp.
The announcement of Phase 2 of the project was made in February this year, with an expected production of up to 3 million metric tons per annum (mmtpa).
Kosmos Energy and bp signed a co-development agreement for the two reserves in 2016 with bp taking a majority share as operator and Kosmos holding stakes of 30% in Ahmeyim and 28% in Tortue.
Combined, the reserves represent 15 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas spread over 33,000 km² and with the Mauritanian and Senegalese governments signing an accord for the cross-border development in February 2018, the ground-breaking project could move forward, having reached final investment decision for phase one in December of the same year.
Once operational, the first phase will yield 2.3 million tons of natural gas annually, and subsequent phases will raise production to 6 million and 10 million tons per year, respectively.