Because of the war in Ukraine: Europe is courting natural gas from Africa

Switzerland also benefits

Now all Senegalese want is natural gas – the country dreams of big money

Europe wants help from Africa. Several countries are interested in natural gas found off the coast of Senegal because of the war in Ukraine.


As a result of the Ukraine war, many European countries are competing for natural gas from Senegal. This includes Germany. In May, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right) traveled to Africa to meet Senegalese President Macky Sall.

It’s a spectacle. Germany, France, Italy, Poland and Portugal are all vying for natural gas from Senegal and Mauritania after Russian President Vladimir Putin, 70, halted gas supplies. These countries in turn deliver to Switzerland. Chance for Senegal. She is heavily in debt, has to pay off expensive loans, and the rising cost of living is a problem.

In 2014, a significant deposit of natural gas was found under the seabed on the border between Senegal and Mauritania. Since then, both countries have been working on exploitation and expect billions in revenue. The natural gas is to be produced for at least thirty years, the profit will be shared by the energy giants BP and Kosmos, as well as the Senegalese and Mauritanian governments. A large part of the systems, the GTA gas platform, is already in place. The BP-led consortium plans to start gas production next year.

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