A Nigerian-based energy company, Riverside LNG, has revealed an ongoing discussions regarding a potential agreement to supply gas to South Africa from the first quarter of 2024. This would mark the first of such deal between the two nations, showcasing potential collaboration in the energy sector.  Earlier this year, the company entered into a gas-export partnership agreement with Johannes Schuetze Energy Import AG of Germany. C

David Ige, in an interview held in Abuja, expressed the company’s current pursuit of new deals on the continent. According to him, “We’d probably very early in the year close out another segment of the market, an off-take for South Africa. There’s a massively evolving gas market in the region, anything around 3,000 nautical miles of Nigeria. So that covers southern Africa, western Africa, all to northwest Europe and to the Caribbean and South America broadly,” Ige told newsmen in Abuja.

Although, Ige refrained from divulging additional information about discussions with South African counterparts, citing confidentiality clauses, the company is actively investigating potential opportunities in Liberia and Cameroon. South Africa currently grapples with persistent power shortages as ageing and inadequately maintained power stations, managed by financially troubled state utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., falter under increasing demand. Attempts to procure extra electricity from private providers encounter delays caused by grid constraints and legal disputes.

South Africa currently doesn’t have a facility to receive LNG. Deliveries from the project won’t start until 2027, so there’s “enough time for import terminal infrastructure,” Ige said. The nation depends on coal for 80% of its electricity production. However, given the lack of probable investments in this sector, there is a shift towards renewable sources. The goal is to achieve 60 gigawatts of power from renewables by 2030.

The Southern African Development Community, comprising 16 members, has endorsed a $17 billion plan for natural gas infrastructure. This initiative aims to enhance energy provisions in the region by approving investments in pipelines and terminals for both local and imported supplies.

Tobi Reuben Adetunji
Tobi Reuben Adetunji
Tobi Reuben Adetunji, holds a Degree and Master Degree in Political Science from the prestigious, Obafemi Awolowo University, ile-ife Osun and University of Lagos Akoka, Lagos State respectively. His research interests revolve around; African Politics and Economy, Climate Change, Artificial Intelligence, Renewable Energy and information Technology.

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