Ivory Coast through its ministry of energy has indicated interest in Nigeria’s liquefied natural gas (LNG). Leading a delegation to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Towers in Abuja, Kone Moussa, one of the officials of the ministry, said the country will procure LNG supplies from Nigeria to support its growing energy needs.
NNPC, in a statement conveying the development, also noted that it was the first of its kind and good for Nigeria’s sub-regional push to market its LNG. The corporation also views the development as a positive one in Nigeria’s move to seek broader frontiers for its LNG away from the traditional Asian-Pacific hub.
Ohi Alegbe, NNPC’s group general manager public affairs division, explained that the package would see Nigeria commit a small chunk of its daily LNG output which stands at over three billion cubic feet of gas per day, to its sub-regional neighbours in the first instance before the eventual extension of the West Africa Gas Pipeline to Ivory Coast and Senegal.
Moussa said Ivory Coast would be relying on structural diversion of LNG cargoes from Nigeria as a starter within the next few months in order to tackle its growing energy needs; stating that the country has already entered into a working relationship with Sahara Energy to drive the process.
Joseph Dawha, group managing director, NNPC, while receiving the delegation, stated that the corporation would be ready to cash in on the opportunity in line with its overall strategic expansion drive for Nigeria’s LNG market.
David Ige, group executive director, Gas and Power, emphasized that the move would help broaden the supply base.
“At the moment, the entire West African sub-region starting from Nigeria is undergoing phenomenal economic growth and that practically translates into a higher demand for energy. As you know, the West African Gas Pipeline terminates in Ghana, so Ivory Coast has come to request that we bring gas to them in the first instance by LNG and ultimately in the future by extension of the pipeline.”
He further noted that apart from offering a strategic opportunity for NNPC and Nigeria, the project is in line with the spirit of the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) and would serve the mutual growth of ECOWAS member countries by fostering the economic integration of the West Africa’s corridor.
“What this means is that in future we don’t have to go as far as Europe or Asia to supply LNG when we can do so next door,” he said.
Earlier on another delegation from Ghana led by Kwabena Donkor, minister of power, had called at the NNPC Towers to seek support on recent unintended gas supply disruptions in the West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAGP) grid.
Ige promised that the NNPC was working aggressively with all other partners in the WAGP to restore supply disruptions wrought by extraneous factors.
“It has been a very difficult time not only for Ghana but for Nigeria as well because of the disruptions in pipelines. But I believe and strongly too that the various interventions that are ongoing by the federal government would help restore as well as grow the reliability of the WAGP,” he said.

Maureen Nzeogu
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