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EU seeks to strengthen partnership in energy sector

From left: European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Samuela Isopi; Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari; and Chief Financial Officer, NNPC, Umar Ajiya, discussing the possibility of boosting gas supply to Europe during the visit.

European Union (EU) Ambassadors in Nigeria yesterday began moves to strengthen its partnership with Nigeria in the energy sector.

This was disclosed when the envoys paid a courtesy call on the management of the NNPC Ltd. at the Company’s headquarters in Abuja.

Speaking on behalf of the group, the EU Ambassador in Nigeria, Samuela Isopi, said as a result of the current geopolitical situation occasioned by the Russia-Ukraine crisis, Europe is interested in strengthening its cooperation with Nigeria, particularly in the area of possible increase in the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

“Nigeria is the fourth gas supplier to Europe. At least 40% of the Nigerian LNG is currently exported to Europe. We are not only major clients for Nigeria; we are also major partners in the oil and gas sector because some of the companies that are working with you are from Europe. So, we share the same interest and same objectives,” Ambassador Isopi added.

Responding, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NNPC Ltd., Mele Kyari, assured the European delegation that the Company will continue to deepen its historical relationship with EU companies in Nigeria.

This, he said, will add more value to its business, particularly towards increasing gas supply to the global market and enhancing domestic gas utilisation.

Other diplomats from the European delegation on the visit were: Ambassador of Portugal, Luis Barros; Ambassador of Spain, Juan Sell; Ambassador of Italy, Stefano De Leo and Deputy Head of Mission (France), Olivier Chatelais.

Nigeria is the fourth gas supplier to Europe. At least 40% of the Nigerian LNG is currently exported to Europe. We are not only major clients for Nigeria; we are also major partners in the oil and gas sector because some of the companies that are working with you are from Europe.

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