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Ndjamena (AFP) June 29, 2011
Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno on Wednesday proclaimed his country's energy independence as he inaugurated production at an oil refinery which he described a "gift from China".
"You have your energy independence. You don't have to go elsewhere to get your oil products. You will even supply the sub-region," he said.
"This jewel is a gift from China to which you owe gratitude," the president said.
"This is a win-win partnership. Through this cooperation it's another image of China which is emerging in Africa in general, and particularly in Chad," he added.
Energy-hungry China has boosted its presence in Africa in recent years, primarily in a bid to guarantee oil supplies for its rapidly growing economy.
The Djarmaya refinery, located 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of the Chadian capital Ndjamena, will produce 20,000 barrels a day and will be supplied from oil wells in the southern Bongor region through as a 311-kilometre pipeline.
"In case of greater demand, we can hike production to 60,000 barrels a day," said the deputy head of the Ndjamena refinery company, Ahmat Gadam.
Chad, which only began to produce oil in 2003, currently produces on average around 120,000 barrels per day, according to Infrastructures Minister Adoum Younoussmi.
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Poland discovers major new natural gas deposit
Warsaw (AFP) June 28, 2011
Gas prospectors in Poland have discovered new deposits estimated at 100 billion cubic metres which could double the country's domestic resources, Economy Minister Waldemar Pawlak said Tuesday. "If the estimates of experts are confirmed, the deposits in the region of Kutno would double our reserves," Pawlak said in a statement, referring to a part of central Poland. Poland's proven natura ... read more
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