EQUATORIAL GUINEA’S Minister of Mines, and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, and Togo’s Minister of Mines and Energy, Marc Dèdèriwè Abli-Bidamon, have signed a co-operation agreement to facilitate the trading of LNG between the two countries.
The new memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed early April by the ministers, creates a framework for Togo to import LNG produced in Equatorial Guinea. The agreement is part of the LNG2Africa initiative, in which Equatorial Guinea is promoting the utilisation of LNG within Africa, using gas sourced and processed in Africa. Togo will study the importation and regasification of LNG, and its use for power generation.
‘As an established LNG producer since 2007, and with a floating LNG in the works, we know the power of this fuel to transform Africa,’ said Obiang Lima.
‘It is imperative that African nations monetise their gas, and that energy users benefit from this cheaper, cleaner, locally produced, resource. Equatorial Guinea is committed to working with its neighbours in the region to find solutions that bring benefit to us all. We look forward to a strong partnership with Togo.’
Companies Elite Construcciones, Norgas, and General Electric took part in the visit and discussed the potential for small scale LNG trade within West Africa.
Prior to signing the MoU with his Togolese counterpart, Obiang Lima paid a working visit to the Minister of Energy of Burkina Faso, Bechir Ismael Quedraogo. Both ministers and their technical teams worked on the implementation of the MoU signed between Equatorial Guinea and Burkina Faso in September 2017, also under the LNG2Africa initiative. The parties presented a detailed plan to supply LNG to power plants in Burkina Faso. Once approved, Burkina Faso will immediately benefit from LNG supplies from Equatorial Guinea.