Algeria, Niger, Nigeria renew negotiations on Saharan gas pipeline

algeria, niger, nigeria renew negotiations on saharan gas pipeline
algeria, niger, nigeria renew negotiations on saharan gas pipeline

This week, Algeria, Niger, and Nigeria held discussions over the revival of a decades-old proposal to pipe gas across the Sahara, a potential chance for Europe to diversify its gas supply.

Following a two-day conference in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, the three nations have established a task force for the project and appointed an organisation to update the feasibility assessment, according to a statement released by Niger’s oil ministry on Wednesday.

The Trans-Saharan gas pipeline is an estimated $13 billion project that could supply Europe with as much as 30 billion cubic metres per year.

The proposal was first proposed more than four decades ago, and an agreement between the countries was signed in 2009; however, work has since stopped.

The resurgence occurs at an opportune time, as the European Union wants to wean itself off Russian gas in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and pursues alternate suppliers.

“(The pipeline) should allow Europe to diversify its natural gas supply sources, as well as provide access to this high-value energy source for a number of African nations,” stated the statement.

The pipeline would span 4,128 kilometres (2,565 miles) from Warri, Nigeria, to Hassi R’Mel, Algeria, where it would join to current pipelines leading to Europe.

This month, Nigeria also took efforts to advance a long-awaited pipeline that would run across West Africa and Morocco to Europe.

NIAMEY, June 22 (Reuters) – This week, Algeria, Niger, and Nigeria held discussions over the revival of a decades-old proposal to pipe gas across the Sahara, a potential chance for Europe to diversify its gas supply.

Following a two-day conference in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, the three nations have established a task force for the project and appointed an organisation to update the feasibility assessment, according to a statement released by Niger’s oil ministry on Wednesday.

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The Trans-Saharan gas pipeline is an estimated $13 billion project that could supply Europe with as much as 30 billion cubic metres per year.

The proposal was first proposed more than four decades ago, and an agreement between the countries was signed in 2009; however, work has since stopped.

The resurgence occurs at an opportune time, as the European Union wants to wean itself off Russian gas in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and pursues alternate suppliers.

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“(The pipeline) should allow Europe to diversify its natural gas supply sources, as well as provide access to this high-value energy source for a number of African nations,” stated the statement.

The pipeline would span 4,128 kilometres (2,565 miles) from Warri, Nigeria, to Hassi R’Mel, Algeria, where it would join to current pipelines leading to Europe.

This month, Nigeria also took efforts to advance a long-awaited pipeline that would run across West Africa and Morocco to Europe.

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The energy ministers of the three nations will reconvene in Algiers at the end of July to validate the task force’s ideas, according to a statement from Niger.

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