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Trans-Saharan Natural Gas Pipeline: 'Provide status of construction' - Reps to NNPC

Trans-Saharan Natural Gas Pipeline: ‘Provide status of construction’ – Reps to NNPC

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited to provide information regarding the implementation, funds utilisation, and status of the Trans-Saharan Natural Gas Pipeline construction. 

The Lower Chamber is also asking NNPC Limited to review the National Gas Master Plan in relation to the project so as bring it in conformity with the variables of today’s global economy.

This development followed the adoption of a motion on the ‘Urgent Need to Address the Prolonged Construction of the Trans-Saharan Natural Gas Pipeline Project’ raised at Wednesday’s plenary by Ahmed Munir, (APC, Kaduna).

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Raising the motion, Munir noted that on 14 January 2002, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited and the Algerian National Oil and Gas Company (SONATRACH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a $12 billion, 4,128-kilometre Natural Gas Pipeline Project with a projected annual capacity of 30 billion cubic meters that will extend gas supply to Europe. 

He also noted that in June 2005, the NNPC and SONATRACH signed a contract with Penspen Limited for a feasibility study of the project, which was completed in September 2006. 

According to him, the pipeline was discovered to be technically and economically feasible and reliable; which in turn led to the inter-governmental agreement on the pipeline signed by the Energy Ministers of Nigeria, Niger, and Algeria on July 3, 2009, in Abuja. 

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The lawmaker expressed concern that in 2013, the Federal Government approved a budget of $400 million for the commencement of the project originally scheduled to be operational by 2020, but with no commensurate progress made to date. 

“A new Gas Master Plan (GMP) needs to be crafted due to the current geo-political realities 

The successful completion of this vital project will create jobs, spur economic growth, and enhance energy and regional security,” he said. 

Following the adoption of the motion through a majority voice vote, the House, therefore, mandated its Committee on Gas Resources to ensure compliance and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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