The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) has announced that it is set to resume exportation of natural gas from Nigeria to other West African countries such as Ghana, Togo, and Benin. The regional gas supplier made the announcement after the successful completion of the cleaning and inspection of its 20’’ offshore pipeline from Badagry in Nigeria to Takoradi in Ghana.
The company disclosed in a statement that the internal inspection of the 569km offshore pipeline was completed on Sunday, February 23, 2020; a month ahead of the scheduled completion date. “Upon completion of the offshore inspection, a significant amount of data was successfully gathered during the inspection and it is projected to be analyzed over the next couple of months to further provide critical insights and assurance of the overall integrity of the pipeline to support WAPCo’s continuous optimal operations,” the statement read.
In Ghana, WAPCo is currently transporting natural gas to its Takoradi Regulating and Metering Station only. Gas transportation to its Tema Regulating and Metering Station will commence after the completion of ongoing expansion works under the Takoradi to Tema Interconnection Project expected to be operational in March 2020.
The company is expecting to offer reliable and improved service to its customers in Ghana, Togo, and Benin and further boost economic growth.
Nigeria is looking to capture more LNG market with the concluded Final Investment Decision of the NLNG Train and consolidate its place as Africa’s leading exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas and the fourth in the world after Qatar, Australia, and Malaysia.
Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that it will commence the construction of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline in the second quarter of this year. The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said that the construction of the pipeline would serve as an enabler to further boost economic activities in the country. Kyari said the corporation would aggressively expand its domestic gas footprint with the delivery of the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System II and the OB3 gas pipeline to connect the East and the West.
According to the NNPC, the capacity of the ELPS will be doubled from 1.1 billion standard cubic feet of gas to 2.2 billion scf. The NNPC GMD spoke at the fourth 4th Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference in Lagos, with the theme, ‘Oil and gas as an enabler for economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa’.