Supporting Gas Project Negotiations and Enhancing Institutional Capacities (WB-P163563)

  • Mauritania
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Mar 16, 2018
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Government of Mauritania
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  • Energy
  • Technical Cooperation
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 20.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jul 11, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Aug 15, 2017

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Project Description

The project development objective is to support the government capacity to drive negotiation towards final investment decision, and lay the foundations for the gas sector’s contribution to the economy through enhanced legal and regulatory frameworks and capacity building. The proposed technical assistance has three components:

  1. Capacity building and technical support for the GTA negotiations. The activities undertaken are designed to enable the Government of Mauritania to develop the institutional capacities and to acquire the third-party expertise needed to negotiate effectively a Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Grand Tortue/Ahmeyim (GTA). This capacity building and technical support will enable the government to ratify tens of technical, legal, fiscal, commercial and financial agreements underpinning a FID.
  2. Strengthening of the institutional and regulatory framework. The objective of this component is to assist the Government of Mauritania in updating its policy and strategy for the development of the gas sector.
  3. Project management and coordination. The proposed component will help develop the capacity of the PIU-MPEM to manage all project activities financed under the World Bank TA. This Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be staffed and trained to be sustainable since it will be in charge of the similar projects in the future. More specifically, it will support the costs associated with the recruitment of a procurement specialist, an accountant, an administrative and financial director, and other instrumental staff as needed, to build the PIU-MPEM’s procurement, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as safeguards management capacities in a sustainable manner.
Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

Ministry of Economy and Finance

Implementing Agency:
Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines
Moustapha Bechir
Director General for Hydrocarbons


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