The chances of Tanzania long-stalled $30 billion Tanzania liquefied natural gas project moving ahead are much higher than before, said the country’s new minister of energy this week after meetings with project proponents Shell and Equinor.

On 4 October President Samia Hassan and Energy Minister January Makamba held a virtual meeting with Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden to discuss progress on the LNG scheme.

This meeting followed face-to face talks on 24 September between executives from Shell and Equinor and Makamba, a high-flyer in the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party who last month replaced Medard Kalemani — a cousin of former president John Magufuli — as energy minister.