Ministers of Energy and some other stakeholders in the West African region were in Abuja yesterday, where they deliberated on some necessary actions that the believed would address the challenges in gas supply across the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in order to cause sustainable development in the sub-region.
The West Africa Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline that supplies gas to Benin, Togo and Ghana, from Nigeria’s Escravos region of Niger Delta area. It is the first regional natural gas transmission system in sub-Saharan Africa with a total distance of 678 km, with 569 km offshore.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, also said that the stability in the Niger Delta region so far has aided prompt supply of gas through the pipelines. He however noted that the group must work harder to ensure that challenges related to interconnection, operation, tariff and regulation are addressed.
Again, ECOWAS is currently looking at boosting economic integration among the West African states, with plans to expand WAGP pipeline.
A contract was signed with an energy service firm, called Penspen to examine the WAGP system performance and the possibility of it’s future network extension to the community states