Senegalese President Macky Sall has become a popular figure on the international stage. His country’s gas reserves, which are due to begin exporting in the next couple of years, are now the focus of European leaders, who are desperately trying to find alternatives to Russian gas after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

When German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Senegal in May, he said securing LNG supplies from the country was “a matter that should be pursued intensively.” The UK is already actively involved in the offshore sector, where BP is the operator of gas export projects. The EU energy commissioner visited Dakar at the beginning of the year.

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda visited Senegal and fellow African hydrocarbon producers Nigeria and Ivory Coast in early September to discuss the energy crisis among other topics – Poland’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal has already received its first shipment of Nigerian LNG and is keen to secure future deliveries.

Sall, for his part, plays up Europe as an LNG destination, noting that Senegal’s position on the western edge of Africa puts it within days of delivery from European markets, while suggesting there will be competition from Asian buyers. .

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