By Ediri Ejoh
There are indications that Nigeria is expected to contribute around 35 per cent of Africa’s total planned oil and gas new-build trunk/transmission pipeline length additions between 2019 and 2023, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.
The company’s latest report, ‘Global Planned Oil and Gas Pipelines Industry Outlook to 2023, Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Planned Pipelines’, stated that Nigeria is expected to provide 6601.5 km of new-build pipeline by 2023.
It added that most of the additions will constitute natural gas, at 6460 km, while crude oil pipelines will account for 142 km.
Varun Ette, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, said “In Nigeria, 11 new-build pipelines are expected to start by 2023. Of these, eight are planned projects and the remaining three are from early-stage announced projects. Trans Saharan Gas is the longest upcoming pipeline in the country with a length of 4400 km. This announced natural gas pipeline is expected to start operations in 2021.”
Niger has the second highest new-build pipeline additions in Africa with two new-build pipelines, Niger-Benin and Zinder-Torodi pipelines are expected to start operations with lengths of 1980 km and 1070 km, respectively by 2023.
Niger-Benin is a crude oil pipeline, while Zinder-Torodi is a petroleum products pipeline.
Ette noted that “Followed by Niger, Algeria is expected to add 2007.3 km of infrastructure from five planned and two early-stage announced pipelines by 2023. Haoud El Hamra-Bejaia II is the major upcoming pipeline in the country with a length of 667.7 km. The crude oil pipeline is expected to start operations in 2022.”