Italy signed a Declaration of Intent with Angola to develop a partnership in the natural gas sector during Italy’s latest visit to African nations, Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs announced Wednesday.
A Declaration of Intent was signed to develop new activities in the natural gas sector and to implement joint projects for the decarbonization and the energy transition of Angola.
'Today we have achieved another important agreement with Angola to increase the supply of gas,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio.
As the country is dependent on Russia for about 40% of its gas imports, it is committed to diversifying energy supply sources in a bid to replace Russian gas.
The minister is traveling to Congo on Thursday as part of the country's focus on African countries to cut reliance on Russian energy reserves by 2023 through agreements with Algeria, Congo, Angola, Egypt and Mozambique.
Italy already signed a deal with Algeria for an extra 9 billion cubic meters of gas on April 11. Meanwhile, Italian energy company Eni signed a deal with Egypt's EGPC for LNG imports on April 13.
By Zeynep Beyza Kilic