BP is crossing its fingers that ongoing Covid-related problems will not hit the schedules of its two major upcoming liquefied natural gas projects in Africa and Asia, both of which are currently due online before the end of 2023.

The UK supermajor is keeping a close eye on progress at the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas development offshore Senegal and Mauritania and also the Tangguh expansion scheme in Indonesia’s West Papua province.BP

BP chief executive Bernard Looney told analysts that “we’ve had some major impacts from Covid” at Tortue and Tangguh, but “the teams have been doing, if you don’t mind me saying, some heroic jobs and keeping those projects going”.