Niger: France will receive the first cargo of crude oil

France is preparing to receive for the first time a shipment of crude oil from Niger, a landmark event for energy relations between the two countries. The tanker Front Cascade is currently transporting one million barrels of Nigerien oil to the Lavéra refinery, located near Marseille. This operation is overseen by a joint venture bringing together industrial giants Ineos of the United Kingdom and PetroChina of China.

This first shipment of Nigerien oil represents a crucial step for Niger, which is finally seeing its energy export efforts succeed after numerous logistical and political challenges. Benin finally gave its agreement for this precious cargo to cross its territory, an essential decision to allow Niger to embark on this new phase of its economic development.

The Lavéra refinery, which receives this cargo, is a strategic site connected by pipeline to several European countries, including Switzerland and Germany, as well as to various regions of France. This network enables efficient distribution of refined oil across Europe, amplifying the importance of this first delivery.

The Agadem deposit, operated by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), is at the origin of this production. CNPC has invested heavily in the necessary infrastructure, including the construction of the pipeline, thus securing a majority share of production. According to the agreements in place, the Chinese company is able to resell the entire production for the first year, or around 90,000 barrels per day, spread over three monthly cargoes.

This first shipment to France is also a crucial quality test for Nigerien oil. Once refined, the oil will be assessed to confirm that it meets the standards demanded by European consumers.


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