The West African gas pipeline has yet to recover from the impact of militant attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta as gas flowing into it have been significantly curtailed, The Punch reports.
The $1bn gas pipeline, operated by the West Africa Pipeline Company Limited, was built to supply natural gas from Nigeria to customers in Benin, Togo and Ghana. Last year, Nigeria saw a resurgence of militant attacks in the Niger Delta that caused the nation’s production to plummet to a near 30-year low and disrupted gas supply to power plants. The Managing Director, WAPCo, Mr. Walter Perez said that the company’s operation was severely affected by the militancy in the Niger Delta. Perez also noted that the continued shutdown of the Trans Forcados Pipeline had affected gas supply to the gas pipeline.
Commenting on the debt owed by Ghana for the supply of gas through the pipeline, the WAPCo MD said, “We are delivering gas now because we put arrangement in place for Ghana to prepay for the deliveries that they receive, and so that is working. We have every expectation that this will continue to work. There is a new government in Ghana, and so we are working with that government to understand what the situation is as we develop plans to retire the debt that they have accumulated.”