Experts and deputies from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, and Togo meet in Lomé to discuss the West African Gas Pipeline

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Friday, 27 September 2019 14:58
Experts and deputies from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, and Togo meet in Lomé to discuss the West African Gas Pipeline

(Togo First) - On Sept. 26, experts, delegates and deputies from Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, and Togo regrouped in Lomé for a workshop organised by Togo's minister of mining and energy, Marc Ably-Bidamon, who also is the president of the ministers' committee in charge of the West African Gas Pipeline project. 

These various actors discussed the law regulating the operation of the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCO). 

The recent gathering "aimed first at appropriating realities of the West African gas pipeline, after eight years of operation," said the Togolese minister. Actors must agree on changes that time and experience have made necessary, he further indicated. 

Experts present thus looked at proposals to amend the WAPCO regulation and will submit these proposals to parliaments of various countries concerned by the project. 

Launched at the beginning of this decade, the WAPCO was expected to provide up to 13.45 million cubic meters of gas per day to Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Nigeria. However, effective functioning of the pipeline was impaired by treasury issues and debts vis-à-vis some partnering countries. 

Let's recall that the current talks take place in a context where Nigeria has closed its borders with Benin, hence impacting others like Ghana and Togo. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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