The Federal Government has stated that it plans to partner with other stakeholders to address the challenges hindering the targets set for the West African Gas Pipeline Project.
The Federal Government listed the challenges as disruptions in gas supply, high debt profile of some countries and crisis in the Niger Delta region which is affecting supply of gas to the pipeline.
Speaking at the West African Gas Pipeline Project’s Committee of Ministers’ Meeting in Abuja, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, said Nigeria, along with the partner countries had nurtured the WAGP project and are looking at further addressing the challenges that had hindered the achievement of their set targets.
Kachikwu maintained that Nigeria will continue to play her part in seeing that all the partners work together with the aspirations of the project to achieve a greater integration of the West African region.
He said, “The WAGP Project is being celebrated all over Africa today as the flagship project for the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD). Therefore, this project should be sustained with our cooperation from all parties.
“On the part of Nigeria, I am pleased to be able to welcome you all at a point when the Niger Delta is stable and gas supply from Nigeria is becoming more assured and also when more gas resources are being discovered offshore Lagos, which could present more option of gas supply to the West African Gas Pipeline Project.”
He also said that more gas resources are currently being discovered offshore Lagos and also stated that the discoveries, along with the return of peace to the Niger Delta, would boost the country’s gas supply to the West Africa Gas Pipeline Project.
Also speaking, Managing Director of West African Gas Pipeline Company, WAGPCo, Mr. Walter Perez, declared that though significant improvement had been recorded over the years in the company, the collective efforts of the committee are still required to attain the promise for further regional integration. He noted that irrespective of the fact that Force Majeure was yet to be lifted, WAGPCo had been able to upgrade its compressor which led to a growth in its output from 70 million British thermal unit, BTU, per day, to 85 million BTU per day in 2018. He said, “However, the situation has significantly improved as a result of work completed by WAPCo in 2018 to upgrade our compressor station in Nigeria to operate at reduced pressures.”
As a result of this, we have been able to demonstrate the capability to transport over 85 million BTU per day.