Mauritanians hope energy exports will improve living standards (Getty)</p><div><p>The Mauritanian Minister of Petroleum, Minerals and Energy, Abdel Salam Ould Mohamed Saleh, announced that <a target="_blank" href="https://www.alaraby.co.uk/economy/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D9%83%D9%88%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AB-20-%D8%A3%D9%84%D9%81-%D9%81%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%A9-%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%84-%D8%B1%D8%BA%D9%85-%D9%83%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%86%D8%A7" rel="noopener">dullness</a> will start <a target="_blank" href="https://www.alaraby.co.uk/economy/%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A7-%D9%86%D8%AD%D9%88-%D8%B9%D8%B5%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%BA%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B7%D9%88%D9%82-%D9%86%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%A9-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%82%D8%B1" rel="noopener">Gas export</a> Natural resources to the global market, on the horizon of 2023.<br/>The Mauritanian minister added, during his inspection of facilities belonging to the "BP" company in charge of marketing Mauritanian gas, that the progress of works in the "Turtle / Ahmim Great" gas field jointly with Senegal reached 52 percent by the end of 2020.<br/>Last February, Mauritania and its neighbor Senegal signed an agreement to market the first phase of the joint "Ahmim al-Kabir" gas field between the two countries, with gas reserves estimated at 25 trillion cubic feet.<br/> On October 28, 2019, Nouakchott announced major gas discoveries amounting to 50 trillion cubic feet in its territorial waters.<br/>According to Mauritanian government data, the first phase of developing the joint field with Senegal will allow the production of 2.5 million tons of LNG annually.<br/>While there is no information about the expected start date of production in the gas fields discovered in the Mauritanian territorial waters.
Mauritania produces about 5 thousand barrels per day of oil and small quantities of gas, but it is expected to enter the club of gas exporting countries in the next few years, with these discoveries.
The mineral sector is one of the most important pillars of the Mauritanian economy, as its contributions to the gross domestic product exceed 30%. It is also the primary source of hard currency, as it constitutes more than half of the country’s exports abroad and provides about 20 thousand permanent and temporary job opportunities, according to official data. .
Since 2015, Mauritania has witnessed huge gas discoveries since 2015, and officials aspire to lift the country towards broader economic horizons and save tens of thousands out of poverty, as 50.6% of the population lives below the multidimensional poverty line, according to the 2019 Human Development Report, while 31 % Of the population is below the poverty line with an income of about $ 1.90 per day.
(Anatolia, the new Arab)