Amidst “record-breaking” production, US government shows appetite to develop industrial dialogue with Africa on LNG
Appetite for imported gas is growing steadily across the African continent
With record-breaking US gas production this year, the promotion of gas as a “cleaner, cheaper” energy source remains a continued priority for the Donald Trump administration.
Presently, the US Department of Energy is now looking towards Africa to develop opportunities in the exploration, production and monetization of LNG.
According to US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, “increased amounts of US LNG on the world market benefit the American economy, American workers, and consumers and help make the air cleaner around the globe.”
As appetite for imported gas grows steadily across the African continent, South Africa plans to open its first LNG import terminal in 2024.
Currently at 6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day, US gas production is skyrocketing an indication is expected to grow to 10 bcf by the end of 2020.
As part of this mission, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, will join 22 Pan-African ministers at the Africa Oil Week summit in Cape Town this November. He will use the event to share US energy policy points with the continent and outline a vision for deeper US commitment to Africa in the oil, gas and power sectors.
This vision looks set to encompass increased two-way trade and investment between the US and Africa, with the US making potential capital available on joint-ventures and to part-finance LNG infrastructure for energy-lacking African countries.
The announcement of Secretary Winberg’s attendance to the summit comes alongside several major US private-sector investments into the African energy sector. ExxonMobil are making progress in Mozambique with their Rovuma LNG project in deepwater Area 4 block which contains more than 85 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Notable is Anadarko’s recent announcement of its Final Investment Decision (FID) to construct a $20billion gas liquefaction and export terminal in Mozambique, the largest single LNG project approved in Africa.