Nigeria Rallies Support For $13bn Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline

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The Federal Government charged all parties Nigeria, Niger and Algeria involved in the construction of the $13bn Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline. This is to fast-track measures for the completion of the multibillion dollar project. It said this was vital because many European countries were currently asking Nigeria and its partners for alternative gas supply. Because of the negative impact on gas supply of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

The TSGP is a planned natural gas pipeline from Nigeria through Niger to Algeria. In February this year, the three nations signed an agreement that would see development resume on the project. The final agreement is during the Economic Communities of West African States Mining and Petroleum Forum in Niamey, Niger.

In his address on Monday at the Ministerial Meeting on the Reactivation of the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline Project in Abuja. Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the three nations must hasten efforts to supply gas to Europe.

However, participants at the meeting explained that the 4,128km gas pipeline would link Warri in Nigeria to Hassi R’Mel in Algeria, passing through Niger. They noted that the facility would carry natural gas annually to European markets. Transported via Algeria’s strategic Mediterranean coast, as well as supply inland stations along its rout.

Commenting on the development, a former President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Dr. Sam Nzekwe, stated that though the move was commendable. The partners must put adequate security measures in place considering the precarious security situation in many parts of the continent.
he right security architecture in place to forestall issues of security breach and vandalism,” he stated.


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