The West Africa Gas Pipeline WAPCo has begun talks with Dangote Refinery to buy gas to bridge an estimated 300mcf/d of gas deficit in Ghana by the year 2020, The Guardian reported.
WAPCo’s Managing Director, Walter Perez, who spoke in Lagos at the Natural Gas Business Forum 2017 organized by the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), told stakeholders that the company’s main mandate is to transport natural gas from Nigeria to customers in Benin, Togo and Ghana in a safe, responsible and reliable manner, at prices competitive with other fuel alternatives, Energy Mix Report informed.
Perez said that Nigeria has enough gas to supply all of Africa for a long time with reserves of 187tcf of gas, but has been hampered by several challenges, which have made gas supply inefficient.
“When the pipeline was built, it was constructed so that the gas from Escravos and Utorogu (in Nigeria) can flow into our pipeline in a place called Itoki in Ogun State. Now, we envision that gas will enter the pipeline from many locations, the first of which is Takoradi (Ghana),” Perez explained
“One time, Takoradi was thought to be the major off-taker for the West Africa gas pipeline. At this point, in a year’s time, we will be reversing the flow from Takoradi to Tema, using the West African gas pipeline,” He added.