Sub-Saharan Africa houses huge, largely untapped natural gas resources in Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Angola, Senegal, Ghana and Congo-Brazzaville, while Namibia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Ivory Coast also host significant volumes.

Only a handful of Sub-Saharan countries make use of their domestic gas — chiefly Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mozambique and Tanzania — but there is growing optimism that domestic demand will increase.

According to Hasnayn Ebrahim, managing director at Johannesburg-based consultancy Africa International Advisors: “The stars have aligned for gas (in Africa) and the opportunity could be there for the next 10 to 15 years.”