Algeria, Niger, Nigeria resume talks on Trans-Sahara gasoline pipeline

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The revival talks come at a strategic time because the European Union seeks to wean itself off Russian gasoline following the invasion of Ukraine.

Algeria, Niger and Nigeria held talks this week on the revival of a decades-old undertaking to pipe gasoline throughout the Sahara, a possible alternative for Europe to diversify its gasoline sources as Russia’s conflict in Ukraine continues.

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The three nations have arrange a activity power for the undertaking and designated an entity to replace a feasibility examine, stated Niger’s oil ministry in a press release on Wednesday, following a two-day assembly in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

The Trans-Saharan gasoline pipeline is an estimated $13bn undertaking that might ship as much as 30 billion cubic metres a yr of provides to Europe. The thought was first proposed greater than 40 years in the past and an settlement signed between the nations in 2009, however progress stalled.

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The revival talks come at a strategic time, because the European Union seeks to wean itself off Russian gasoline following the invasion of Ukraine, and is searching for different sources.

“(The pipeline) should allow Europe to diversify its sources of natural gas supply but also allow several African states to access this high-value energy source,” stated the assertion. With a size of 4,128 kilometres (2,565 miles), the pipeline would begin in Warri, Nigeria, and finish in Hassi R’Mel, Algeria, the place it might connect with present pipelines that run to Europe.

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Nigeria additionally took steps this month to move ahead on one other long-awaited pipeline, which might undergo West Africa and Morocco to Europe.

Energy ministers of the three nations will meet once more in Algiers on the finish of July to validate the proposals of the newly put in activity power, Niger’s assertion stated.

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