A gas pipeline running through Okrika community near Nigeria’s oil hub city of Port Harcourt, December 4, 2012. Photo: AlJazeera
Nigeria, Algeria and Niger have signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a natural gas pipeline over the Sahara desert, Algeria’s energy minister Mohamed Arkab says.
The three nations decided in June to resume long-dormant negotiations over the project, which might provide Europe with a chance to diversify its gas supply.
Following the signing ceremony, Arkab assured reporters that the three nations will continue talks to complete the project as soon as feasible.
Up to 30 billion cubic meters of gas might be sent to Europe annually through the Trans-Saharan gas pipeline, a project with an estimated $13 billion cost.
The pipeline, which is estimated to be 4,000 kilometers long, is planned to begin in Warri, Nigeria, and terminate in Hassi R’Mel, Algeria, where it would join other pipelines that travel to Europe.
Progress on the project stopped after it was initially suggested more than 40 years ago and after the two governments signed an agreement in 2009.
54 billion cubic meters of gas were exported by Algeria in 2021, primarily to Spain and Italy.
Writing by Muzha Kucha