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Congo's First Shipment of Liquefied Natural Gas to Italy Signals New Export Chapter

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louis Buyisiwe

Feb 28, 2024

Congo's giant step into natural gas trade

Workers in safety gear operating machinery and inspecting pipelines at a gas plant, emphasizing teamwork and industrial efficiency.
Workers at the Gas Plant ensure efficiency and safety, driving energy production forward.

The Republic of Congo has marked a significant milestone by dispatching its inaugural shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Italy, positioning itself as the latest LNG exporter on the global stage. This development comes a year after ENI, an Italian energy conglomerate, initiated the Congo LNG project in collaboration with local entities.


The premiere cargo is destined for an Italian regasification facility located in Piombino, Tuscany, as confirmed by ENI. This venture not only propels Congo into the league of LNG exporting nations but also heralds new avenues for economic advancement and a balanced global energy supply.

Claudio Descalzi, ENI's CEO, emphasized the collaborative spirit of the project, highlighting the amalgamation of workforce, expertise, and technology. This synergy aims to bolster Congo's revenue streams while significantly contributing to Europe's quest for energy security, especially in the wake of reduced reliance on Russian gas post the Ukraine conflict.


The Congo LNG project boasts an impressive annual capacity of 4.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas, a critical resource for heating and industrial applications. The production process involves cooling the gas to approximately -162°C, allowing for safe storage and transportation in specially designed vessels.

This strategic move by Congo is timely, as Europe intensifies its search for alternative energy sources amidst geopolitical tensions. The project not only fortifies Congo's position in the energy sector but also plays a pivotal role in addressing the energy demands of European nations.


This venture signifies a significant step towards diversifying global energy sources and enhancing the energy security of nations reliant on LNG for various applications.

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