What is the Project all about?

The Trans-Sahara Gas Pipeline project was conceived under the NEPAD Initiative championed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Abdoulazeez Boutaflika of Algeria and Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal. The project will deliver Nigerian gas to the European market and is estimated to cost about $12billion. It is seen as an opportunity to diversify the European Union's gas supplies. The feasibility study was completed in September 2006, and it found the pipeline to be technically and economically feasible and reliable.

 Aims and Objectives

The project is to act as a catalyst for sustainable development of regional and continental infrastructure development on the continent.


What is happening in the programme?

The pipeline will start in the Warri region in Nigeria and run north through Niger to Hassi R'Mel in Algeria. In Hassi R'Mel the pipeline will connect to the existing Trans-Mediterranean, Maghreb–Europe, Medgaz and Galsi pipelines. These supply Europe from the gas transmission hubs at El Kala and Beni Saf on Algeria's Mediterranean coast. The length of the pipeline would be 4,128 kilometres (2,565 mi) 1,037 kilometres (644 mi) in Nigeria, 841 kilometres (523 mi) in Niger, and 2,310 kilometres (1,440 mi) in Algeria.

What progress has been made so far?

Nigeria has made commitment of $400M on the commencement of the project, engaged private and financial institutions for funding and constituted an inter-ministerial team for implementation. Also, Nigeria has completed the feed of a 48’’ pipeline from Calabar to Kano; identified and surveyed the pipeline right of way; carried out optimization study of the pipeline to enable domestic utilization.

The Team

At the country level, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) are the implementing agency for this project, while NEPAD Nigeria office is the facilitator.

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