War between Ukraine and Russia: Dependent on Russian gas, Europe turns to Africa

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EU delegation meets Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) officials

The European Union is strengthening ties with Nigeria as it seeks to diversify the sources of its natural gas imports to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Italy, also a member of the European Union (EU), has signed a corresponding agreement with Algeria.

Nigeria is Europe’s fourth largest supplier of liquefied natural gas. At least 40% of Nigerian gas is currently exported to Europe.

The EU is trying to reduce the use of Russian gas in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

On Monday, EU diplomats visited Nigeria’s state oil company for meetings aimed at strengthening cooperation in the energy sector.

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