Germany is interested in implementing gas projects with Senegal, Scholz said during his first African tour

Scholz has begun a three-day tour of Senegal, which has billions of cubic meters of gas and is expected to become the region’s largest gas producer.

Germany is seeking to reduce its heavy dependence on Russian gas in the wake of the Kremlin’s incursion into Ukraine. He initiated talks with the Senegalese authorities about gas and liquefied natural gas production, Scholz said.

“This issue is worth intensive consideration,” he said at a press conference with Senegalese President Mackie Sall, adding that progress in the negotiations is in the common interest of the two countries.

Scholz said Germany is also interested in Senegalese renewable energy projects. He did not provide other details.

On Friday, a German government spokesman said Germany could help explore a gas field in Senegal.

Sall said that Senegal is ready to work on supplying LNG to the European market. He predicts Senegal’s LNG production will reach 2.5 million tons next year and 10 million tons by 2030.

In terms of gas exploration, project financing and other issues, “everything is open and we are interested in cooperating with Germany in this context,” Sall said.

Ukraine war

Germany has invited Senegal, which currently chairs the African Union, and South Africa to attend the G7 summit it is hosting in June as guest countries.

Both countries abstained in voting on a UN resolution against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a special military operation to demilitarize a neighbor it says threatens its security.

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

having peaked as chairman of the African Union, Sall said that many African countries were reluctant to take sides in a war while condemning an invasion.

“It’s very clear we want peace,” he said, “we are working on de-escalation, we are working on a ceasefire, on dialogue… that is Africa’s position.”

Sal said he would visit Moscow and Kyiv in the coming weeks.

The conflict in Ukraine, the largest grain and food supplier, has caused supply disruptions, pushing up food and energy prices in Africa.

“I expressed to Chancellor Scholz our grave concern about the consequences of the war,” Sall said, turning to international assistance to reduce the impact on African countries.

Scholz will fly to Niger later Sunday before flying to Johannesburg on Monday evening for the final leg of his tour.

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