Austria plans to sell natural gas from Angola in the European Union

14 December 2012

The Austrian government may become the official seller of Angolan natural gas in the European Union (EU), under the terms of a partnership due to be set up with the Angola LNG project, the Austrian ambassador to Angola, Martin Gartner said Thursday in Luanda.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, the ambassador who is resident in South Africa, and who made a three-day visit to Angola, said that the matter was being dealt with by the two governments and added that talks were going well.

Gartner restated that, “Austria’s national oil and gas company is interested in selling Angolan natural gas in the European union, and hopes to set up a partnership with the Angola LNG project,” which is located in the city of Soyo, Zaire province, on the northern coast of Angola.

The ambassador said that, “the idea to cooperate in the oil and gas sector has started to be analysed,” based on the fact that Austria is the leader in natural gas distribution in Europe and receives gas from Russia, which it processes and sends on to purchasing countries.

During his visit the diplomat met with the Angolan Vice President, Manuel Vicente and with the German, Portuguese and Swiss ambassadors to Angola. (macauhub)