Nigerian, German companies sign $500m renewable energy, gas deal
On Tuesday, Nigerian and German companies solidified economic ties by signing two significant agreements in Berlin. The first pact is a renewable energy memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth $500 million between Union Bank of Nigeria and Germany's DWS Group.
This agreement aims to attract $500 million in investment for renewable energy projects across Nigeria, with a primary focus on rural communities, as reported by spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale. The second MoU revolves around a gas export partnership and involves Riverside LNG of Nigeria and Germany's Johannes Schuetze Energy Import AG.
Under this agreement, Nigeria commits to supplying 850,000 tons of natural gas to Germany annually, with expectations for this volume to increase to 1.2 million tons. The initial deliveries are scheduled for 2026, marking a significant collaboration in the energy sector between the two nations. The deal will help process about 50 million cubic feet per day of natural gas that otherwise would have flared.
Points clés à retenir
Germany plans to invest around $4 billion in green energy projects in Africa by 2030. This initiative is seen as a strategic move that could support Germany in achieving its own transition to carbon neutrality. For the European country, importing significant amounts of green hydrogen, including from Africa, is important to meet the goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2045. Notably, Nigeria, with Africa's largest gas reserves surpassing 200 trillion cubic feet, faces challenges in fully harnessing its potential. The country currently burns off approximately 300 million cubic feet of gas daily due to insufficient processing facilities. This underscores the potential for collaboration and mutual benefit in the green energy sector between Germany and African nations, particularly in addressing environmental challenges and advancing sustainable energy practices. The German-African business forum took place ahead of the G20 Compact with Africa summit, which aims to stimulate investment in the continent by aligning the development agendas of reform-oriented countries and identifying business opportunities in one of the world's fastest-growing regions.