Ivory Coast Gas Supply to Double in 2015 on Qatar Petroleum Deal

Qatar Petroleum will provide Ivory Coast with natural gas starting in 2015, almost doubling the amount of gas available in the West African nation.

State-run Qatar Petroleum will supply Ivory Coast with 240 million cubic feet of gas starting in 2015 from a floating liquefied natural gas unit, Eddi Abrogouah, a technical adviser at state-owned Petroci’s managing director, said yesterday in an interview in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital. The offshore terminal will be located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) off Grand-Bassam, he said. LNG is natural gas that’s been cooled to a liquid state to make it easier to ship.

“The terminal will ensure the transition until we find big natural gas reserves,” Abrogouah said.

Ivory Coast currently produces about 220 million cubic feet of gas per day, 50 million cubic feet short of demand, Abrogouah said. The rest of the supply will be used to fuel ContourGlobal’s proposed 330 megawatt power plant in Bingerville, near Abidjan. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin this year. The facility will eventually produce as much as 1,000 megawatts, Abrogouah said.

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