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Africa the new frontier as EU looks to replace Russian gas ...


Africa the new frontier as EU looks to replace Russian gas imports

EU drafts action plan to cut energy dependence on Moscow and to work with major producers and consumers of LNG

Ewa Krukowska

The EU will seek to step up cooperation with African countries to help replace imports of Russian natural gas and reduce dependence on Moscow by almost two thirds this year.

Countries in Africa, in particular in the western part of the continent such as Nigeria and Senegal offer largely untapped potential for liquefied natural gas, according to a draft EU document. The communication on external energy engagement is set to be adopted by the European Commission later this month as part of a package to implement the bloc’s plan to cut energy reliance on Moscow.

The 27-nation bloc wants to shift away from its biggest supplier after President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. Its draft energy strategy also seeks to prepare the region for imports of 10-million tons of renewable hydrogen by 2030, to help replace gas from Russia, in line with the ambitious EU Green Deal to walk away from fossil fuels and reach climate neutrality by mid-century...

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