OPINION: Europe’s headlong dash for African natural gas looks set to create the conditions for the continent to become a far bigger exporter – and user - of this fossil fuel than seemed likely two short years ago.

Despite the misgivings of many delegates at COP27, attendees from hydrocarbon-rich African countries continued to insist the continent must be allowed to receive finance for and invest in fossil fuel projects - particularly gas - because it needs this energy to industrialise and generate vital foreign exchange revenues to prop up weak economies.