EU envoys seek improved partnership with NNPC in energy sector

*The visiting European Union Ambassadors to the NNPC Towers, in Abuja, say their continent is interested in strengthening cooperation with Nigeria, especially for a possible increase in the supplies of Liquefied Natural Gas

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

For enhanced collaboration in the essential energy sector of the economy, European Union (EU) Ambassadors in Nigeria have paid a courtesy call on the Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.

ConsumerConnect reports the EU envoys, during the visit Monday, April 11, 2022, to the NNPC Towers, in Abuja, FCT, sought to strengthen the Union’s partnership with Nigeria in the energy industry.

Malam Melee Kyari, Group Managing Director and CEO of NNPC Limited

Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad, NNPC Spokesperson, in a statement noted on behalf of the group, the EU Ambassador in Nigeria, Samuela Isopi, said as a result of the current geopolitical situation in Europe, the continent was interested in strengthening its cooperation with Nigeria particularly in the area of possible increase in the supplies of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Ambassador Isopi stated: “Nigeria is the fourth gas supplier to Europe. At least 40% of the Nigerian LNG is currently exported to Europe.

“We are not only major clients for Nigeria.

“We are also major partners in the Oil and Gas sector because some of the companies that are working with you are from Europe.

“So we share the same interest and same objectives.”

In his response, Malam Melee Kyari, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO of NNPC Limited, assured the European delegation that the national oil company would continue to deepen its historical relationship with EU companies in Nigeria.

Kyari said this is with a view to adding more value to the NNPC business, particularly towards increasing gas supply to the global market and enhancing domestic gas utilisation.

Other diplomats from the European delegation on the visit were: Ambassador of Portugal, Luis Barros; Ambassador of Spain, Juan Sell; Ambassador of Italy, Stefano De Leo and Deputy Head of Mission (France), Olivier Chatelais.

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