WAPCo Celebrates 10yrs of Commercial Operations in Nigeria

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West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) has hinted of plans to mark the 10th anniversary of its commercial operations in Nigeria.

Although the company is yet to unveil the full package, it said in the statement yesterday that the idea of rolling out drums is aimed at appreciating the company stakeholders in Nigeria who have provided the support that made its ECOWAS vision a reality.

This support has made WAPCo able to fulfill the company’s mission to transport natural gas from producers in Nigeria and Ghana to consumers in Benin, Togo, and Ghana.

Notable among these achievements are the significant improvement in reliable gas supply from Nigeria, the implementation of an operational excellence management system, the completion of the Takoradi to Tema Interconnection Project in Ghana that allowed the addition of gas supply from oil & gas fields in Western Ghana to the WAGP in 2019.

WAPCo’s key business partner, the Nigerian Gas Company Limited (NGC), was able to mitigate issues on their Escravos to Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) allowing them to lift a prolonged force majeure on the ELPS, which had been affecting gas supply to the WAGP from the east, the company said.

Due to this development, the company confirmed that it is now in a better position to transport record volumes of gas to customers. With the improvement in gas supply from Nigeria, the company said it has completed Takoradi to Tema Interconnection Project in Ghana and the growing demand for use of gas in power supply in Ghana, Togo and Benin, the WAGP was able to set a new record on monthly average gas deliveries to customers across the pipeline of over 215 MMscfd in March 2022.

WAPCo is owned by Chevron West African Gas Pipeline Ltd (36.9%); Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (24.9%); Shell Overseas Holdings Limited (17.9%); and Takoradi Power Company Limited (16.3%), Societe Togolaise de Gaz (2%) and Societe BenGaz S.A. (2%).

The company owns and operates the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), a regional infrastructure linking natural gas resources to customers in the West Africa sub-region especially in Ghana.

WAGP runs across four West African countries, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria and WAPCo is a joint-venture partnership between the private and public sector companies.

Managing director of WAPCo, Greg Germani, said the company started commercial operation in March 2011 and has overcome a challenging decade to become an efficient and dependable transporter of natural gas to customers in Togo, Benin, and Ghana, promoting safe, clean, long-term, and secure power generation from gas supply sources, in both Nigeria and Ghana.

“WAPCo will be the first to admit as we celebrate 10 years of commercial operations that the first decade was not easy.  Thanks to the determination of our talented workforce and collaborative efforts of our key stakeholders, we see marked improvement in the new decade and a clear path to being a world-class pipeline company in a unique region of the world,” Greg Germani said.

He expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, its shareholders, customers, partners, regulators, the traditional leaders, and community stakeholders for their invaluable support over the period.

“The strong collaborative support we get from governments across the four countries and our customers is setting us on a path to achieve success in the first phase of the ECOWAS vision for cleaner and more efficient energy across the West Africa region,” he said.

Germani stressed that WAPCo’s continued focus on operational excellence and a strong safety culture allowed it to achieve zero recordable incidents for the past 8 years and 9 million workforce hours without a recordable incident, helping to protect our workforce and the communities we operate in.

“As the company enters another decade of commercial operations, we look forward to greater achievements and impact in the sub-region, fulfilling our mission as an international company transporting natural gas in a safe, responsible, and reliable manner.

“WAPCo is looking beyond today to further expand its customer base to industrial customers and new supply sources soon,” Germani said.

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