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Sonangol opens research center that will contribute to the development of the oil sector

The flagship oil company's Research and Development Center (CPD) – whose first phase started last week – will help develop the country's oil sector. The infrastructure, located in Sumbe, aims at “research and development” in the areas of hydrocarbons, renewable energies, hydrogen, biofuels and minerals for electric cars.


As part of a visit to the centre, Diamantino Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, informed that the project will help to develop the sector, through research in various areas as well as specialized training.

The official, quoted in a note made available on the guardianship's Facebook, indicated that the CPD "has as its social object the research and development in the area of ​​hydrocarbons, renewable energies, hydrogen, biofuels and minerals for electric cars".

In addition, the minister also informed that the project will be dedicated "to high-level specialized training and postgraduate education, in collaboration with similar entities and higher education institutions".

It is intended that "the institution is a reference at a regional level and internationally recognized, within the scope of Sonangol's business needs, of external customers and that it will lead the energy transition in the sector", said the official.

Diamantino Azevedo also considered that the energy transition is on the way and, for that reason, the country has to stop being just an oil exporter, writes Angop.

Anderson Opedal, chairman of Equinor's executive board, at the time, said that the company as a partner of Sonangol will continue to support this project.

Cited by Angop, he also mentioned that Equinor will work with the state-owned oil company to produce oil with low greenhouse gas emissions.

The infrastructure, whose contract is the responsibility of the construction company Poliobra and is about 70 percent completed, is being installed in a perimeter of 63 hectares, writes Angop.

Administrative areas, laboratories, cafeteria, laundry, auditorium, clinic, social center as well as housing will be part of the center.

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