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China National Petroleum Corporation is willing to further strengthen and expand practical cooperation with Africa in the energy sector


Apr 23, 2024
BEIJING, April 22nd (ABP) – China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is willing to continuously work together with African countries for mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, to address challenges, to further strengthen and expand practical cooperation in the energy sector, to jointly safeguard energy security and supply chain security, and to promote green, low-carbon and sustainable development, stated Yang Tao, Deputy Director-General of CNPC International Department, on April 18, 2024 in Beijing, during the workshop between the CNPC and Africans journalists supervised by China International Press Communication Center (CIPCC).
After warmly welcoming the African journalists, CNPC International Department Deputy Director-General Yang Tao pointed out that the CNPC, which took inception in 1958, is China’s largest oil and gas producer and one of the world’s major oil and gas producers and suppliers. It is a comprehensive international energy company integrating oil and gas exploration and development, new energy, refining and sales, new materials, support and services, capital and finance, to name but a few. The CNPC was ranked fifth among the Fortune Global 500 in 2023; it has domestic and overseas oil and gas production equivalent to 330 million tons, and international trade volume of 500 million tons; domestic and overseas processing of 227 million tons of crude oil, he said.
He pointed out that CNPC or PetroChina has invested in 90 projects in more than 30 countries and regions around the world, and its overseas oil and gas equity production exceeds 100 million tons. ” We have actively carried out our social responsibility by contributing fees, providing employment, training employees and assisting in the construction of facilities, which have benefited millions of people in Africa “, he highlighted, adding that since 1993, it has made major breakthroughs in Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mozambique, etc.
Over the past 30 years, he added, PetroChina has carried out oil and gas-related business in 22 countries and regions in Africa, and has cooperated with the governments and partners of African countries in a mutually beneficial manner.

Group photo of the African journalists and the CNPC authorities including Yang Tao (middle, in the forefront)
” We firmly implement the Chinese government’s “dual-carbon” goal, and unswervingly adhere to the green package of low carbon emissions. We have always insisted that science and technology is the first productive force and innovation is the first driving force, and we have made new progress in a number of research and development projects and made new breakthroughs in a number of key core technologies through coordinated planning “, he underscored, clarifying that the successful cooperation with Africa in the field of energy is rooted in the solid political foundation and good political relations between China and Africa.
To illustrate Yang Tao’s remarks, Pu Haiyang, vice-president of China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Company (CNODC)/CNPC, pointed out in his presentation on the overview of CNPC’s overseas business and African oil and gas operations that in Sudan and South Sudan, schools, hospitals and clinics have been built and renovated, water wells have been
drilled, and multiple bridges, roads, and water conservancy facilities have been built, including the China-Sudan Maldives Friendship Bridge, benefiting a lot of people.
In Chad, he continued to exemplify, water wells and roads have been constructed in communities around oilfields, and the N’Djamena Cancer Hospital was built up with the money donated by the project company with food and gifts given to orphanages, and the exclusively-sponsored 20th “Chinese Bridge” Contest. In Niger and Benin, communities around oil fields have been assisted to build water wells; medicines and medical equipment were donated to them as well; tree planting activities were actively carried out, and scholarships were established at local universities in Niger and Benin.
In Mozambique, post-disaster reconstructions and epidemic prevention materials such as masks, protective clothing, and ventilators were
donated as well, he pointed out, adding that they will do their best to train local personnel in various activities of the company.

                                                                              View of the African journalists inside the State key laboratory and enhanced oil and gas recovery
Led by the principle of “green and innovative development” and following the overall strategic planning of “clean substitution, strategic succession and green transformation”, CNODC has established a new mode featuring the integrated development of oil, gas, and new energy, promoted the synergy between economic development and environment protection and shared the achievements of green development with all stakeholders, CNODC vice-president stressed.
He reassured that CNODC/CNPC is determined to adhere to “mutually-beneficial and win-win cooperation and development” principle and strengthen the effective matchup of strategic planning;
take the reasonable concerns of resource governments, cooperation partners and local communities into consideration while pursuing the development of enterprises; and strive to build a win-win and multi-win community with a shared future.
For his part, Wei Yunsheng, director of R&D Department within the Research Institute of  Petroleum Exploration and Development (RIPED)/CNPC, added that as one of the major upstream technical
support Institutes of CNPC, RIPED will
continuously make the efforts with African
counterparts targeting adding value to Africa. ” Under the Belt and Road Initiative, RIPED will contribute to the future African energy industry development “, he promised. He welcomed other African countries to cooperative with CNPC in green energy sector.
All persons in authority who intervened to answer the questions from journalists such as RIPED Executive Director and President Dou Lirong, Mrs Chu Bao, Senior Manager in the Department of Corporate Culture within CNPC, and Development Planning Department Corporate Senior Manage Wang Wu highlighted the importance of CNPC both nationally and internationally, adding that the latter works in compliance with all regulations concerning environmental protection.
Note that guided by RIPEP International Cooperation Department Executive Assistant Wu Ying, African journalists made a tour of that research institute and the State key laboratory of enhanced oil and gas recovery.