German companies have been recognized for Investing in West Africa’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification plant. The firms, ESC Engineers and Noordtec worked closely with Equatoguinean contractor Elite Construcciones on the design, development and construction of the Akonikien LNG project in Equatorial Guinea.
The 14,000 cubic meter storage and regasification plant was inaugurated this week by H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, and is the first such facility in West Africa.
The project is part of Equatorial Guinea’s LNG2AFRICA initiative that seeks to develop small-scale LNG projects to supply African gas to African countries and regions with limited infrastructure. The Akonikien plant will be receiving LNG and distribute it to various industries on the mainland, such as power and cement.
“German companies have once again demonstrated their ability to bring valuable technical expertise and technology to meet Africa’s growing and complex energy needs,” stated Sebastian Wagner, Founder at the Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF).
“More importantly, this project was realized in cooperation with German SMEs, showing the increasing number of private German companies able to work in collaboration with African entities on key energy project. Germany has developed a strong expertise in gas, power and renewables, which have all become central to the African energy agenda,” he explained.
In order to support the growing energy cooperation between Germany and Africa, the GABF launched a multi-million Euro funding commitment last month to invest in German energy startups that focus on Africa.
The funding commitment, which pledges funds to German startups with exposure to African energy projects, is the first such intra-regional initiative.
It goes in line with Germany’s renewed focus on Africa, with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) providing new stimulus to cooperation with the continent through the Marshall Plan with Africa.