The European Union (EU) plans to replace the gas from Russia with Nigeria gas.
This was announced on Friday 22 July 2022 by Mr Matthew Baldwin, the Deputy Director-General of the Department for Energy, European Commission in Brussels, during a press conference in Abuja, capital of Nigeria.
The European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS also said this decision was in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Baldwin will be meeting Nigerian top government officials and private sector players, including major stakeholders in the Nigeria’s Energy Sector.
According to him, “In summary, I am on a mission from Europe to try to deliver Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) today in the context of NLG partnership tomorrow with Nigeria.
“Europe is in a tight spot in relation to gas, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the instability in our gas market and the threat of cutting off supply altogether.
“So, we have launched the energy platform task force and the primary goal is to reach out to our reliable partners such as Nigeria to replace gas from Russia with gas from reliable partners”.
He added that Nigerian products had an extraordinary potential and that was why EU wants to expand its short-term delivery. Also, he said that by the end of August this year EU hopes to kick start a long-term partnership with Nigeria.