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A pipeline that may transform gas trade between Africa and Europe

Project Overview: The Trans-Saharan gas pipeline is a $13 billion, 4,128 km pipeline project designed to transport almost 3 Bcf of gas daily from Warri, Nigeria, through Niger to Algeria's gas hub, Hassi R'Mel.


Ambitious Infrastructure: Nigeria sees this project as a vital part of its goal to become a major player in the global gas market, particularly in the "decade of gas" declared for the 2020s.


European Gas Demand: Europe's growing demand for gas, driven by the need to replace Russian hydrocarbons, presents an opportunity for Nigeria, but the country struggles to meet this demand due to limited export infrastructure.


Competition and Alternative Projects: The Trans-Saharan pipeline faces competition from the Trans Africa pipeline, which would traverse 13 West African countries from Nigeria to Morocco, although this project remains years away from realization.


Challenges: The project faces challenges, including a military coup in neighbor Niger in July, and actions taken by ECOWAS regional bloc, led by Nigeria.


Alternative Gas Monetization Strategy: Experts suggest that Nigeria may benefit also from boosting liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and exports as an effective strategy to monetize its gas resources, given the complexities associated with large transnational pipeline projects.


A gas pipeline that could transform gas trade between Africa and Europe would begin in Nigeria
A gas pipeline that could transform gas trade between Africa and Europe would begin in Nigeria


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