Germany is eager to pursue fuel tasks with Senegal, says Scholz on first African tour | CNN

Germany is keen to pursue gas projects with Senegal, says Scholz on first African tour | CNN

2022-05-23 17:24:36

Germany desires to intensively pursue fuel and renewable vitality tasks with Senegal, Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated on Sunday throughout his first journey to Africa, towards the backdrop of the warfare in Ukraine and its influence on vitality and meals costs.

Scholz kicked off the three-day tour in Senegal, which has billions of cubic metres of fuel reserves and is anticipated to turn into a significant fuel producer within the area.

Germany is looking for to cut back its heavy reliance on Russia for fuel following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. It has initiated talks with the Senegalese authorities about fuel extraction and liquified pure fuel, Scholz stated.

“It’s a matter price pursuing intensively,” he stated at a information convention with Senegalese President Macky Sall, including that progress within the talks was within the two nations widespread curiosity.

Scholz stated Germany was additionally excited about Senegalese renewable vitality tasks. He didn’t present additional particulars.

On Friday, a German authorities official stated Germany may assist discover a fuel area in Senegal.

Sall stated Senegal was able to work in the direction of supplying the European market with LNG. He forecast Senegal’s LNG output reaching 2.5 million tonnes subsequent yr and 10 million tonnes by 2030.

By way of fuel exploration, undertaking financing and different questions, “all that’s open, and we’re eager to work with Germany on this context,” Sall stated.

Germany has invited each Senegal, which at present holds the rotating chairmanship of the African Union, and South Africa to attend the G7 summit it’s internet hosting in June as visitor nations.

Each nations abstained from voting on a United Nations decision towards Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a particular army operation to demilitarize a neighbor it says threatened its safety.

Ukraine and its allies say the warfare is an unprovoked act of aggression.

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peaking as African Union chairman, Sall stated many African nations didn’t wish to take sides on the warfare, whereas condemning the invasion.

“Very clearly, we would like peace,” he stated, “we’re working for a de-escalation, we’re working for a ceasefire, for dialogue … that’s the African place.”

Sal stated he would go to Moscow and Kyiv within the coming weeks.

The battle in Ukraine, a significant grains and meals provider, has triggered provide disruptions which have pushed up meals and vitality costs in Africa.

“I expressed to Chancellor Scholz our severe concern concerning the influence of the warfare,” Sall stated, requesting worldwide assist to minimize the fallout for African nations.

Scholz will journey afterward Sunday to Niger, from the place he’ll fly to Johannesburg on Monday night for the ultimate leg of his tour.

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