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West Africa Gas Pipeline Expansion Project To Boost Natural Gas Supply- Sylva

The Nigerian Government has revealed that the West African Gas Pipeline Expansion Project is working closely with the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) Project for possible synergy between the two projects, to boost natural gas delivery in West Africa and Europe.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva,  disclosed this in Abuja at the opening of the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the West African Gas Pipeline Authority (WAGPA) project.

The Minister stated that it is a very critical time for the pipeline due to changing geopolitical energy realities caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, putting pressure on global gas demands across Europe.

Sylva stated that the WAGP project originated from the ECOWAS Energy Policy and is aimed at fostering economic development and integration among the ECOWAS States, through cross border natural gas transportation.

He added that the Federal government has ensured that WAGPA was properly positioned to ensure that the objectives for which the organisation was set up were achieved, and to also boost economic integration and cooperation in the sub-region.

He cited successes in the implementation of the pipeline including, the “Open Access, implemented in 2012; Improved Gas Availability; and Takoradi-Tema Interconnection Project (TTIP) which has significantly increased gas flow through the WAGP.”

He also noted the ongoing amendment to the WAGP Act and the WAGP Regulations, which he says, would ultimately give a licencing power to WAGP authority to oversee the activities of the shippers as it relates to the WAGP, for free and fair business environment.

He cited successes in the implementation of the pipeline including, the “Open Access, implemented in 2012; Improved Gas Availability; and Takoradi-Tema Interconnection Project (TTIP) which has significantly increased gas flow through the WAGP.”

He also noted the ongoing amendment to the WAGP Act and the WAGP Regulations, which he says, would ultimately give a licencing power to WAGP authority to oversee the activities of the shippers as it relates to the WAGP, for free and fair business environment.