Gambia Minister, Senegal PM talk of stronger energy cooperation

Gambia’s Minister of Energy, Fafa Sanyang and Senegal’s Prime Minister, Mohammed Dionne held talks on energy and petroleum cooperation between the neighbors.

Senegal surrounds The Gambia on all three sides except for on the west, where the short Atlantic coastline attracts European vacationers.

Gambia’s state-owned power supplier, Nawec finalized a Power Purchase Agreement to help the Gambia stabilize its electricity supply and gives its rural electrification project a boost.

The Gambia and Senegal are part of the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), Gambia River Basin Development Organization (OMVG), Senegalo-Gambia Permanent Secretariat and the Mauritania-Senegal-Gambia-Guinea Bissau-Guinea Conakry Basin (MSGBC Geological Basin).

They two countries are aligning their policies and strategies to mutually defend their interests.

Prime Minister Dionne advocated for a rapid sealing of the Power Purchase Agreement and the formalization of energy and petroleum cooperation between the two nations.

Gambia axed talks with an Oslo-based company that Senegal severed business relations with, African Petroleum over the renewal of its exploration licenses.

The company is still laying claims on rights to licenses on four offshore blocks in Senegal and Gambia vowing to pursue mediation efforts to keep their rights to explore.

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