July 25, 2024
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Nigeria Calls for Gas Diplomacy Synergy with Qatar to Drive Energy Transition

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, has advocated for closer collaboration between Nigeria and Qatar to advance gas diplomacy and facilitate the transition from non-renewable energy sources.

Speaking at the Doha Diplomatic Institute during President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s State visit to Qatar, Ambassador Tuggar highlighted the significant benefits of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Qatar for both Africa and the global gas sector.

Emphasizing the abundant hydrocarbon reserves of both nations, Ambassador Tuggar underscored Nigeria’s status as Africa’s largest oil producer and a significant gas province, with reserves totaling 208 trillion cubic feet (TCF).

He stressed the importance of leveraging these resources to drive economic development and promote partnerships that support the transition to cleaner energy alternatives.

Ambassador Tuggar asserted the role of gas-rich countries like Qatar and Nigeria in advocating for gas as a cleaner and more sustainable energy source.

He emphasized the need for collaboration to expand market share and promote the use of gas as a transition fuel, aligning with global efforts to mitigate climate change.

Highlighting Nigeria’s existing LNG infrastructure, Ambassador Tuggar outlined plans for expansion, including additional LNG trains and pipeline projects.

He emphasized the potential for collaboration between Nigeria and Qatar to enter new markets for gas in Africa and beyond, citing projects such as the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline and the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline.

Ambassador Tuggar emphasized Qatar’s expertise in negotiating complex international business deals and its diplomatic mediation skills, suggesting that Qatar’s involvement could facilitate successful partnerships and create win-win opportunities for all stakeholders involved.

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