Algeria and Mali explore partnership prospects in energy

Feb 28, 2004 01:00 AM

The stepping-up and diversification of exchanges in energy between Algeria and Mali were in Bamako at the centre of talks between Mali Prime Minister, Ag Hamani and Naftal chairman, Akli Remini, Algerian embassy in Bamako announced.
The Naftal chairman explained during this audience, which took place in presence of the Algerian ambassador in Bamako and Mali Minister for Industry and Trade, the objectives of his visit, which intervenes within the recommendations given by the two Heads of state, "to step-up exchanges between the two countries and assist Mali to diversify its supply sources, particularly in oil and gas."

Remini also recalled that this visit is part of the examination with the Malian officials in charge of oil and gas to discuss co-operation and partnership opportunities in the field of oil products and LPG supply.
The Mali Prime Minister praised this initiative while pointing out that the presence of Naftal in Mali will pave the way for the installation, in its country, of other Algerian companies. In this context, he indicated that Naftal is expected to play an important role in the opening up of this part of Mali, which is not covered by foreign operators installed in Mali (Shell, Mobil and Total), according to the embassy.

In addition, the Naftal chairman had a working session with the Malian general manager of the office for oil products (Onap) and the Malian representatives of private traders unions in oil products and LPG. The two parts explored the ways and means to allow the emergence of a fertile and mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries, the same source concluded. In this respect, the Naftal chairman promised to send in the near future to Mali a team of Algerian experts to carry out evaluation studies for the materialisation of this partnership.
Remini, then invited Onap general manager and the Malian private traders to visit Algeria to enquire about the existing capacities of Naftal and its control of the leading-edge technologies in the field of oil and gas and LPG.

Source: Algerie Presse Service
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