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Tanzania Mulls Taking Over Russia’s Gas Exports to Europe

A Russian construction worker speaks on a mobile phone during a ceremony marking the start of Nord Stream pipeline construction in Portovaya Bay some 170 106 miles north-west from St. Petersburg, Russia on April 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File/AP Newsroom)

War is not a good thing, but if there are opportunities to be made from the Russia and Ukraine skirmish, maybe it is time African countries also get to reap something from the overseas giants’ fight.

Tanzanian President, Samia Suluhu has pointed out that, just as the country was working to secure new energy markets abroad, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine Crisis could drive European countries to divert their gas imports from Russia to Tanzania.

Speaking to The Africa Report in an exclusive interview, President Samia Suluhu Hassan recently underlined efforts that Tanzania is making to secure new energy markets – and says that tensions provoked by Russian aggression in Ukraine (which has now developed into war) may help to generate European interest in Tanzania’s gas.

Pipes at the landfall facilities of the “Nord Stream 2” gas pipline are pictured in Lubmin, northern Germany, on Feb. 15, 2022. Stream 2 is a 764-mile natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, running from Russia to Germany’s Baltic coast. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File/AP Newsroom)

“We are looking for markets wherever”, President Samia Suluhu Hassan says. “Whether Africa or Europe or America, we are looking for markets. And fortunately we are working with companies from Europe. Total Energies for example is working in Tanzania.”

President Samia Suluhu Hassan – AR

Tanzania’s gas reserves are estimated to be the sixth largest in Africa. With more surveys ongoing.

“We have three major points: Kilwa, Songo Songo and Mnazi in the south of Tanzania, and we have a deposit of about 57 trillion cubic feet”, President Samia told the Africa Report.

“We believe we have other deposits in some other areas of the country,” She stated.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel during the European Union – African Union summit in Brussels, Belgium, February 17, 2022. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS

The annexation of two Ukraine provinces by Russia on 21 February has sharpened the question of European energy supplies. Currently Russian gas makes up around 35 Percent of Europe’s gas imports.

US President has riled other European Countries in slamming sanctions onto Russia, which means European Countries are now looking for alternative areas to import their gas supplies from.


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