West African Gas Pipeline Company Shuts Down Operation

The West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo), operator of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) system, shut down the pipeline system after it experienced a loss of pressure around Lome in Togo.

WAPCo has also stopped all gas deliveries to its onshore stations as a result of the incident.

Confirming this development in a statement released is WAPCo’s General Manager in charge of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Harriet Wereko-Brobby.

She states that: “The company was working closely with the government agencies and other relevant organisations to investigate the cause of loss of pressure and to ensure safety while rectifying the situation.”

The $1billion West African Gas Pipeline transports gas from the country to the Republic of Benin, Togo and Ghana for power generation and other domestic uses.

The pipeline started from Itoki area of Ogun State and goes through Agido near Badagry in Lagos, passing through 33 Nigerian communities and thereafter goes offshore.

N-Gas, which is jointly-owned by Shell, Chevron and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), buys gas from oil companies in Nigeria and transport the gas to its customers in Benin, Togo and Ghana, through the pipeline.

Shareholders in the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAGPCo), include Chevron, Shell, NNPC, Volta River Authority, BenGaz and Soto Gaz.