China has supported Niger in its efforts to extract oil in the country, Niger’s minister of state for foreign affairs Mohamed Bazoum revealed during his official visit to China
Niger has faced a number of problems such as high-tech demand causing difficulty in logistics support when exploring for oil, according to Bazoum.
In 2008, the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) set-up the Agadem Oil Integrated Project in the southeast of Niger. The CNPC constructed a crude oil development basis with an annual production of 1mn tonnes, a 462 km oil pipeline and a modern refinery with an annual capacity of one million tonnes in the Sahara Desert.
Niger has produced and processed a total of 2.44mn tonnes of crude oil, while China has directly or indirectly created more than 5000 jobs for the local people in Niger, said Bazoum.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated, "China and Africa need each other for cooperation and development. We have our respective advantages and mean opportunities to one another.
"China is willing to join hands with Africa to translate our advantage of traditional friendship into dynamism for cooperation and development, thus helping African countries to turn their advantages in human and natural resources into development results and better benefiting people of China and Africa."