Algeria, Nigeria and Niger sign an intergovernmental agreement for the construction of the TSGP

March 28th, 2010

Algeria, Nigeria and Niger have signed in Abuja an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the Trans-Sahara Gas Pipeline (TSGP) which will connect Nigeria to Europe, via Algeria and Niger, we learn from the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

The agreement was signed by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Chakib Khelil, and his counterparts from Nigeria, Rilwanu Luckman, and from Niger, Mohamed Abdelaye, specifies the same source. The signature of this agreement expresses a “real will” of the three countries for the realization of this project whose Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2002 between the Sonatrach Group and the Nigerian Petroleum Company (NNPC). Of an amount of more than 10 billion dollars, the TSGP, some 4,200 km long, should route 20 to 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Nigeria to Europe via Algeria and Niger as of 2015. Classed as a “NEPAD priority project”, the TSGP should increase Europe’s supply of gas and also develop the deliveries of LNG to the Netherlands. Several international energy groups have expressed their interest in participating in the development of this gigantic project including the French Total, the Russian Gazprom and the Italian Eni.