The Nigerian government wants to see a West African region connected by energy pipelines for easy supply of gas and transmission of energy.

It is in pursuit of this goal that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has said the West African Gas Pipeline, WAGP would be extended from Ghana to Ivory Coast.

The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this disclosure on Wednesday while receiving a delegation from Ivory Coast at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.

Represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, the GMD stated that the extension of WAGP to Cote d’Ivoire would facilitate easy transmission of gas within the West African sub-region.

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He noted that the visit would afford the NNPC and Cote d’Ivoire the opportunity to open a new vista for further bilateral discussions.

“Petroleum exploration and production dates back to over 50 years in Nigeria and a lot of experiences in technology and personnel management have been acquired. We are ready to share our experiences with you to help you to avoid the mistakes we made in the past,” Dr. Baru told the Ivory Coast delegation.

He expressed the readiness of the NNPC to develop the capacity of the delegation, adding that the NNPC is aware of the long history of refining in Cote d’ Ivoire. 

Leader of the Ivoirian delegation and Deputy Director, Production, of Ministry of Petroleum, Cote d’ Ivoire, Mr. Patrick Marshal, said the visit was to learn from Nigeria some of its best practices in personnel management, exploration and production in the oil and gas industry.

Perhaps this could be the end of gas flaring?