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‘You Can’t Come Clean with African Cooking Without Investment in LPG Infrastructure’, Sahara Argues

The Sahara Group has described the dearth of adequate infrastructure for cooking gas as the most daunting challenge to ramping up clean cooking across Africa.

It also thinks that this challenge offers a great business opportunity.

Ijeoma Isichei, Head, Business Development (Gas), Sahara Group and a senior manager at WAGL Energy Limited (An NNPC Limited and Sahara Energy JV), has advocated investment in bulk storage, transportation, filling facilities, LPG cylinders, seamless distribution, and retailing, through industry-led expansion programs, support from developed economies, and well-established public-private-partnerships, among others.

Ms. Isichaei, noted that there was “limited storage infrastructure to support the growing demand for LPG in Africa, making the region reliant on imports and shipping”.

She spoke in Paris, at the Summit on Clean Cooking in Africa, organised by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

LPG (Butane), also known as cooking gas, is widely regarded as an efficient and clean-burning cooking fuel used by almost three billion people.

CITAC estimates that the demand for LPG in the Sub-Saharan region would almost triple by 2035, compared to current levels. According to the World Bank, regional economic blocs on the continent have set ambitious targets for LPG penetration and consumption to drive almost exclusive LPG deployment for cooking by 2030.

IEA estimates “that wood and charcoal represent the primary cooking fuels of 1Billion people in Africa,” Isichei referenced. This is not healthy. “I believe that opportunity lies in the greatest challenge,” Isichei declared.

Isichei called for more LPG advocacy platforms that would serve as a meeting point for governments, the private sector, and international organizations to give traction to global clean cooking solutions. “I propose more public and private partnerships. A clear example would the partnership between Sahara Group and Petroci, the Côte d’Ivoire National Oil and Gas company towards the construction of 12,000 Metric Tonnes LPG storage facilities in Côte d’Ivoire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She added that multi-stakeholder collaboration would also help improve awareness and LPG adoption as against biomass and kerosene and accelerate alignment of policies required to make LPG production, storage, transportation, and distribution seamless across Africa.

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