ALGIERS- Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamed Arkab and his Nigerien and Nigerian counterparts agreed, during their meeting held Wednesday in Niamey, to set up a roadmap for the trans-Saharan gas pipeline project, said the ministry in a statement.
“As part of his working visit to Niger, the Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamed Arkab held a meeting with the Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies of Niger, Mahamane Sani Mahamadou and Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva, in the presence of the Algerian Ambassador to Niger, the Chief Executive Officer of Sonatrach Group and ministry officials,” read the statement.
During this meeting, the three parties discussed the cooperation and partnership relations uniting Algeria, Niger and Nigeria in the field of energy and mining, dubbed as “very good”, and the prospects for their promotion, in particular with regard to the project for the construction of a trans-Saharan gas pipeline.
To this end, Mr. Arkab affirmed “the particular interest shown by Algeria in this important project, likely to breathe new life into the relations uniting the three countries in the field of technical cooperation”.
This project provides for the construction of a 4,000 km gas pipeline extending from Nigeria to Algeria via Niger, for the transport of “several billion” m3 of gas via the Algerian network of gas pipelines.
“This project will benefit from the opportunities offered by Algeria in terms of infrastructure, in particular the transport network, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) groups and the petrochemical infrastructures as well as the geographical position close to the gas markets”.
The project will enable the three countries (Algeria, Niger, and Nigeria) to ensure the socio-economic development of the regions crossed by the gas pipeline which will guarantee development and security in the region”.
“The three parties have agreed to put in place a roadmap for the project”, according to the press release”.