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Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2018

Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) offers tremendous potential for exploration, production, and utilisation of natural gas reserves. The region is set to be a hub for natural gas production and export with market potential in Asia-Pacific and Europe. In addition to LNG and pipeline exports, use of gas for power generation and domestic energy demands will drive the investment in natural gas infrastructure across economies. However, the lack of suitable infrastructure, uncertain regulatory policies, and lack of long-term gas monetisation plans and local expertise prove major roadblocks to realisation of the true potential that local natural gas reserves have to offer for regional socio-economic development. It will be imperative for local governments to modify regulatory and fiscal policies such that they boost investor confidence in addition to meeting local socio-economic development objectives. The study covers the current status of natural gas infrastructure in SSA, with focus on exploration, production, and consumption activities across major natural gas economies on the continent. This research study also tracks future investment opportunities for market participants in the overall gas value chain along with the key factors and challenges that will determine the extent of investment in the respective economies. Natural gas economies across Sub-Saharan are yet to realise the complete potential of their gas reserves. This provides an opportunity for global companies with sector expertise to provide services and solutions that can enable major gas economies in SSA achieve sustainable social and economic development through use of gas as an alternative source of energy and source of electric power generation. The region lacks expertise in the sector which can be overcome through international collaboration and implementation of industry best practices. Access to electricity and per capita electricity consumption has been on the lower end of the spectrum when compared to global standards, an aspect which can be addressed through utilisation of local gas reserves across the continent. Project delays and high investments in natural gas export and transportation infrastructure have shifted focus towards local utilisation of gas resources for the short term. With growing contribution of renewable energy-based distributed generation, governments and public power utilities are now relying on gas-based power generation to meet daily power requirements across consumer categories with an aim to improving electricity access and stimulating industrial and economic development. Growing demand for energy diversification within South Africa is anticipated to drive investments in shale gas exploration as well as gas transmission infrastructure for domestic utilisation across residential, industrial, and power generation. Mozambique and Tanzania are likely to witness strong competition and investment in gas export and LNG infrastructure as each vie for priority commercialisation and marketing of their available reserves.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Natural Gas Global Overview
    • Definitions
    • Introduction
    • What is Natural Gas
    • Natural Gas Application
    • Natural Gas Industry Overview
    • Natural Gas Trade
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Production and Consumption of Natural Gas over 20 Years, Global, 1994-2014
    • Key Questions the Study will Answer
  • Natural Gas in SSA
    • Discovered Natural Gas Reserves and Resources in SSA
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Gas Reserves, SSA, 2014*
    • The Major Five Nations
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Gas Reserves in the Major Five Nations, SSA, 2018
    • The Minor Ten Nations
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Gas Reserves in the Major Five Nations, SSA, 2018
  • Gas Infrastructure Opportunities in SSA
    • Overview of the Gas Infrastructure Opportunities
    • West, East, and Southern Africa Gas Hubs
  • Drivers and Restraints of Natural Gas Demand in SSA
    • Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • Southern African Hub
    • South Africa-Power and Gas Sector Overview
    • South Africa-Current Gas Infrastructure
    • South Africa-Unconventional Shale Gas
    • South Africa-Unconventional CBM and Biogenic Gas
    • South Africa-Market Participants
    • South Africa-Market Participants, Offshore Explorers
    • South Africa-Future Gas Infrastructure
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Potentially Convertible Gas Power Plants, South Africa, 2018
    • Future Opportunity
  • Eastern Africa Hub
    • Tanzania-Power and Gas Sector Overview
    • Tanzania Resources
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Gas Export Commitments, Tanzania, 2018
    • Tanzania-Gas Resources
    • Tanzania-Market Participants
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: List of Current Oil Companies Operating, Tanzania, 2018
    • Tanzania-Current Gas Infrastructure
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Existing Gas Processing Plants or Distribution Projects, Tanzania, 2018
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Existing Gas Power Plants, Tanzania, 2018
    • Tanzania-Future Gas Infrastructure
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Future Gas Power Plants, Tanzania, 2018
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Future Gas Processing Plants or Distribution Projects, Tanzania, 2018
    • Future Opportunity
    • Mozambique-Power and Gas Sector Overview
    • Mozambique Gas Resources
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Gas Export Commitments, Mozambique, 2018
    • Mozambique-Market Participants
    • Mozambique-Current Gas Infrastructure
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Existing Gas Power Plants, Mozambique, 2018
    • Mozambique-Future Gas Infrastructure
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Future Gas Power Plants, Mozambique, 2018
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Future Gas Processing Plants or Distribution Projects, Mozambique, 2018
    • Future Opportunity
  • Western Africa Hub
    • Angola-Power and Gas Sector Overview
      • Table Estimated Future Installed Generation Capacity, Angola, 2025
    • Angola Gas Resources
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Gas Export Commitments, Angola, 2018
    • Angola-Market Participants
    • Angola-Current Gas Infrastructure
    • Angola-Future Gas Infrastructure
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Future Gas Power Plants, Angola, 2018
    • Future Opportunity
    • Nigeria-Power and Gas Sector Overview
    • Nigeria Gas Resources
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Gas Export Commitments, Nigeria, 2018
    • Nigeria-Market Participants
    • Nigeria-Current Gas Infrastructure
    • Nigeria-Current Gas Infrastructure (Power Generation)
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Gas Power Plants, Nigeria, 2018
    • Nigeria-Future Gas Infrastructure
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Future Development in Natural Gas Exploration, Nigeria, 2018
    • Nigeria-Opportunities
    • Equatorial Guinea-Power and Gas Sector Overview
    • Equatorial Guinea Resources
      • Table Natural Gas Infrastructure and Opportunities: Gas Export Commitments, Equatorial Guinea, 2018
    • Equatorial Guinea-Current Gas Infrastructure and Market Participants
    • Equatorial Guinea-Future Gas Infrastructure
    • Future Opportunity
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Growth Opportunity 1-Natural Gas Value Chain
    • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions

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