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 mission to pipe gasoline throughout the Sahara, a possible alternative for Europe to diversify its gasoline sources as Russia’s conflict in Ukraine continues.
The three international locations have arrange a job drive for the mission 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 mission that might ship as much as 30 billion cubic metres a 12 months of provides to Europe. The concept was first proposed greater than 40 years in the past and an settlement signed between the international locations in 2009, however progress stalled.
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 in search of various sources.
“(The pipeline) ought to permit Europe to diversify its sources of pure gasoline provide but additionally permit a number of African states to access this high-value power supply,” 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 hook up with current pipelines that run to Europe.
Nigeria additionally took steps this month to maneuver ahead on one other long-awaited pipeline, which might undergo West Africa and Morocco to Europe.
Vitality ministers of the three international locations will meet once more in Algiers on the finish of July to validate the proposals of the newly put in job drive, Niger’s assertion stated.