The European Union is looking to Africa to help reduce its reliance on Russian gas and has promised to provide more detailed guidance in coming days on how companies should manage President Vladimir Putin’s demand to pay for fuel in rubles.
The EU will seek to step up cooperation with African countries to help replace Russian natural gas imports and reduce reliance on Moscow by nearly two-thirds this year.
Countries in Africa, particularly in the western part of the continent, such as Nigeria, Senegal and Angola, offer great untapped potential for liquefied natural gas, according to a draft EU document seen by Bloomberg News.
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