Equatorial Guinea and Vitol sign strategic partnership

Vitol signing 51Equatorial Guinea has signed a strategic partnership and cooperation agreement with energy and commodities company Vitol for the development of the country’s gas megahub in Punta Europa

The project seeks to establish a gas processing and export system that will serve the needs of growing gas demands in the region and the global LNG market.

This will allow Equatorial Guinea to optimise the value of its gas production across LNG, liquefied petroleum gas, condensate and other products, as well as providing other regional producers with access to modern infrastructure and economies of scale.

Located north of Bioko Island and close to countries such as Cameroon and Nigeria, the gas megahub project facilitates a cross-border link with gas projects in those countries and opens the door for establishing new hubs to service the region.

The gas megahub reduces dependency on single upstream producers for industrial development and combined with new subsea pipelines linking the country’s Aseng, Alen and Alba fields, the project will allow gas to be re-directed to maximise efficiencies.

Utilising the Punta Europa-Alba-Alen infrastructure, the gas megahub will be able to connect to new gas discoveries, drive monetisation of stranded gas, increase fuel exports and boost revenues.

“It was very important to partner with companies that share the vision of the gas megahub like Vitol. We are now under the implementation phase and interested parties should be ready to invest or move aside,” said Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, in an official statement.

“Gas has a critical role to play as the energy mix evolves and Equatorial Guinea is well placed to become a key regional hub. We are delighted to be a part of this exciting initiative,” said Russell Hardy, Group CEO of Vitol.

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