West African gas line installation starts

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Sept. 13 -- West African Gas Pipeline Co. Ltd. (WAPCo) has begun installation of the 353-mile offshore segment of the West African Gas Pipeline system.

The $590 million project will be the first regional pipeline in sub-Saharan Africa. Gas deliveries are scheduled for December 2006.

The pipeline will transport associated gas 420 miles from Nigeria to Benin, Togo, and Ghana and reduce flaring. Capacity is expected to be 200 MMscfd initially and 470 MMscfd ultimately. The gas is expected to be consumed 85% in power generation and 15% by industry. Use of gas will back out crude oil, charcoal, and diesel (OGJ Online, Jan. 4, 2005).

Gas will flow from a 20,000-hp onshore compressor station near the Alagbado tee at Lagos, Nigeria, to a nearby beachhead and then offshore through a 20-in. pipe typically in 33-75 m of water to Takoradi in southwestern Ghana.

Chevron West African Gas Pipeline Ltd., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., holds 38% interest in WAPCo. Other partners are Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. 25%, Shell Overseas Holdings Ltd. 17%, Takoradi Power Co. Ltd. 16%, Ste. Togoliase de Gaz 2%, and Ste. Bengaz SA 2%.

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