ECOWAS, Penspen to study extending gas pipeline network in West Africa

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and international energy services company Penspen have signed a contract for a feasibility study examining the current West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) system performance and its possible future network extension to other ECOWAS states.

The work will look at how WAGP has performed since its completion in 2010 and what measures need to be taken to optimize its operation. It will include a technical and economic analysis of the extension of the pipeline conditions; market assessments will be made of possible ECOWAS countries to consider where network extension can be substantiated, and estimates of the required investments will be made to quantify costs and benefits.

The study is planned to take 18 months and will include a number of validation workshops to review progress and study results involving Experts from ECOWAS member states and sub-regional institutions.

Currently, WAGP runs from Nigeria to Benin, Togo, and Ghana – a total distance of 678 kilometers, with 569 kilometers offshore.

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