new start of a gas pipeline project across the Sahara

The trans-Saharan gas pipeline project (TSGP) has been relaunched. This 4,000-kilometer gas pipeline project, which would have its source in Nigeria, would cross Niger to reach the Algerian coast for export to Europe. The Nigerian, Algerian and Nigerian ministers and their teams met in Abuja earlier this week. A second meeting after the one held in Niamey in February 2022. This tripartite meeting confirmed the willingness of the three states to resume this project, which had been under siege for several years.

A steering group has been formed in Abuja and the first steps in a roadmap have been established. The priority: to update the feasibility study for this gas pipeline, which was carried out in 2006 and which was reviewed in 2012. The password: “Move quickly and well”. A next tripartite meeting is planned in Algiers at the end of July.

“A window has been opened” Why restart this project today? “A window has opened,” says one expert. The price of cubic m3 of gas has exploded, fossil energy, gas, however, is promoted in the energy transition. In addition, the political and security context drives Europeans to look for new sources of livelihood.

Ten billion dollars Today, says the same expert, investors should be more inclined to get involved in this project, the cost of which is estimated at more than 10 billion dollars. Another point in favor of the Sahara gas pipeline: Algeria and Nigeria have both made progress on other infrastructure projects that could be used for TSGP.

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