Mauritania: five shortlisted candidates for strategic environmental and social assessment of the hydrocarbon sector

The Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines is shortlisting 5 candidates to carry out a strategic environmental and social assessment of the hydrocarbon sector in Mauritania (EESS).

Thus, the consortium The Ciera Group (Canada); Strategia Worldwide led by Sir Richard Shirref, retired British general who held senior positions in NATO, and Nouakchottois Meen & Meen – a pioneer in the field of hydrocarbon consulting in Mauritania – will compete with Portuguese Nemus; the British Xodus and RSK Environment Limited as well as the Malian ID Sahel, which intends to follow in the footsteps of its compatriot Kanaga Consulting, who won last March in the award of the contract for the development of a strategy for the creation of local content in the extractive industry (oil-gas and mining) in Mauritania.

These five competitors were shorlisted following a call for expressions of interest launched on March 10, 2021. Fifteen groups and companies had expressed their interest in the market by carrying out a strategic environmental and social assessment of the Hydrocarbons Sector in Mauritania (EESS ).

According to the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines, the expected result of the ESSA will consist of a series of concrete measures concerning the hydrocarbon sector in order to meet the needs for environmental protection; to ensure the well-being of local populations and to clearly identify the institutional and administrative responsibilities of the government, the private sector and civil society as well as local authorities.

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