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Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline Megaproject: Nigeria Confirms its Commitment

April 3, 2017

In an article published on March 30 by the Nigerian daily "Leadership" under the comforting title "Nigeria Committed to the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline Project", Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, Director General of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), reaffirmed his company's commitment in the implementation of the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline Project, which is estimated to cost 12 billion US dollars.

Dr. Kacalla Baru added that implementation of the project was "on the right path" and that "it should enter into operation in 2020".

It should be noted that the project, which was developed as part of a NEPAD initiative by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, and Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, was granted as a partnership between Sonatrach and NNPC, the Algerian and Nigerian hydrocarbon companies, respectively.

As designed, the 4,401-km gas pipeline will start at Warri, in the Nigerian federated state of Delta, and stretch through Niger, ending up in Algeria, and then be connected to Spain.