The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, said on Wednesday that the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) would be extended from Ghana to Cote d’ Ivoire as part of the Federal Government West African energy integration policy. Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this disclosure while receiving a delegation from Cote d’Ivoire at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
Represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, the GMD stated that the extension of WAGP to Cote d’Ivoire would facilitate easy transmission of gas within the West African sub-region.
He expressed the readiness of the NNPC to develop the capacity of the delegation, adding that the NNPC was aware of the long history of refining in Cote d’ Ivoire.
“Petroleum exploration and production dates back to over fifty years in Nigeria and a lot of experiences in technology and personnel management have been acquired. We are ready to share our experiences with you so as to help you to avoid the mistakes we made in the past,”
Earlier, leader of the Ivoirian delegation and Deputy Director, Production, of Ministry of Petroleum, Cote d’ Ivoire, Mr. Patrick Marshal, said the delegation had come to learn from Nigeria best practices in personnel management, exploration and production in the oil and gas industry.
West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP)
West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) transports natural gas from Escravos in Nigeria’s Niger Delta to commercially viable markets in Benin, Ghana and Togo. The pipeline provides Nigeria and foreign investors an additional commercial market for natural gas. The pipeline reduces gas flaring associated with oil production in Nigeria, contributing to reduction of ‘greenhouse’ gases.
A low cost, sustainable fuel (and electricity) solution, West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) provides fuel for existing and forecast independent power plants and industrial and commercial facilities in Benin, Ghana, and Togo. Soon to include Cote d’ Ivoire according to Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.
It provides infrastructure as a catalyst stimulating direct foreign investment in new West African industries as well as provides trade opportunities for foreign exporters. The pipeline also enhances the regional environment by substituting cleaner burning natural gas for less desirable fuels.
West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) accelerates regional integration, economic growth and stability. The pipeline serves as a major cornerstone of West African power pool.
West African Gas Pipeline is owned by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation 25.0%, Societé Togolaise de Gaz SA 2.0%, BENGAZ SA 2.0%, Takoradi Power Company Ltd. (VRA) 16.3%, Shell Overseas Holding Ltd. 18.0% and Chevron West African Gas Pipeline Ltd. 36.7%