Benin will join the ranks of LNG importing countries in 2021, following a deal with Total to develop a floating storage and regasification (FSRU) LNG import terminal and the supply of up to 0.5 mta of LNG per year for 15 years
The agreement was signed between Benin, local utility Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique and Total.
Total will develop and operate the regasification infrastructure that will comprise an FSRU located offshore Benin and an offshore pipeline connection to the existing and planned power plants in Maria Gléta.
“This project is in line with Total’s strategy to develop new gas markets by unlocking access to LNG for fast-growing economies”, said Total senior vice president gas Laurent Vivier. “Access to LNG will help Benin to meet growing domestic energy demand and add more natural gas to the country’s current energy mix, hence reducing its carbon intensity”.
Revitalisation of the energy sector is at the heart of the government’s action plan, said Benin Minister of Energy Dona Jean-Claude Houssou. “The gas import project will supply plants in Benin, such as the new 127-MW power station at Maria Gléta, with imported liquefied natural gas, on preferential terms and will position Benin, capital of the West African Power Pool, as the crossroads for gas and electricity in the subregion”, said Minister Houssou.