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Gas: Mauritanian Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Yaha in BP’s shadow

By Julien Clémençot, special correspondent in Nouakchott

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Posted on July 15, 2022 13:13

The president of logistics company Maurilog, Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Yaha, is awaiting BP’s contract decision, and gas production at the GTA field should begin in 2023. We take a look back at the career of this entrepreneur and former minister.

From the roof of the five-storey building that Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Yaha is constructing, the chairman and CEO of Maurilog has a 360-degree view of the port of Nouakchott. On one side is the container terminal; on the other, the 65,000-square-metre logistics platform that is used to store the equipment he makes available to the oil and gas company BP and its subcontractors such as Technip, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger. Cables, drill pipes, lifting equipment – everything is impeccably arranged. Further along the port, the boss has installed two containers in an area of almost 40,000 square metres to receive contaminated materials during the exploration and production phases. “When they are full, they are transported to BP’s facilities in the UK in a specially chartered freighter,” he says.

Ould Yaha is constantly mindful of the specifications imposed by his partners. He’s the kind of

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