​UAE energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei warns of price hikes

United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei warned on Monday insufficient investments in the oil and natural gas industry could lead to a hike in energy prices, Reuters reports.

Oil and gas are needed to ensure reliable supply of energy during the transition period required to implement non-carbon emitting projects, he told the Africa Oil Week conference in Dubai.

The UAE, he added, is willing to invest in African solar and wind projects, and sees potential in developing hydrogen as an energy source.

The Gulf state announced in October a plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, providing for 600 billion dirhams (€141 billion) in investment in renewable energy.

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