Africa Oil & Gas: Sonagas to produce liquefied petroleum gas in São Tomé and Príncipe

Sonagas GE Tanker (phot courtesy of Sonagas)

The Equatorial Guinean company Sonagas has begun construction of facilities on São Tomé Island that will produce liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to supply the island country’s market, company official Daniel Gomes Lopez announced on Thursday.

Lopez, the representative of Sociedad Nacional de Gas de Guinea Ecuatorial (Sonagas), specified that it was “an Equatorial Guinean project in São Tomé and Príncipe amid ongoing cooperation between the two countries’ governments.”

Four tanks are already in place at Neves in northern São Tomé and will store LPG, a mixture of hydrocarbon gases used as fuel in heating (ovens, etc) applications and in vehicles, Lopez said.

The installation should be complete within 12 months, he said, adding that beyond environmental protection, LPG production on São Tomé Island aims to make the product more affordable for the island country’s inhabitants.

Sonagas, the company implementing the liquid petroleum gas project, was founded in 2005 by the government of Equatorial Guinea. A month ago, Sáo Tomé and Príncipe and that country resumed talks on joint exploitation of petroleum resources in a common bloc along their border. (source: Macauhub)

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