BP and US partner Kosmos are near to awarding the FEED contract for their 15 tcf Tortue FLNG development off Mauritania/Senegal with a view to a final investment decision late next year, and 2021 start up. But this timeframe looks tight. There are no gas sales deals in sight, nor a requisite intergovernmental cooperation agreement between Mauritania and Senegal.

The 2015 Tortue-1 discovery (MEES, 8 May 2015), straddles the two countries’ maritime border. Andy Inglis, CEO of Kosmos,...