ALGIERS – Thursday, 17 February 2022 (APS) – Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamed Arkab and his Nigerien and Nigerian counterparts agreed, during their meeting held Wednesday in Niamey, to set up a roadmap for the trans-Saharan gas pipeline project, said the ministry in a statement.

 “As part of his working visit to Niger, Wednesday, the Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamed Arkab met with the Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy of Niger, Mahamane Sani Mahamadou, and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of Nigeria Timipre Sylva, in the presence of the Algerian Ambassador to Niger, the CEO of the Group Sonatrach and executives of the ministry,” said the source.

During this meeting, the three parties discussed cooperation and partnership relations between Algeria, Niger, and Nigeria in the field of energy and mining, described as “very good,” and the prospects for their promotion, especially with regard to the project to build a trans-Saharan gas pipeline.

“The particular interest of Algeria to this important project, which can give a new dynamic to relations between the three countries in the field of technical cooperation, and strengthen the capacity,” he added.

This project involves the construction of a gas pipeline of 4,000 km from Nigeria to Algeria through Niger, for the transport of “several billion” of gas through the Algerian pipeline network.

“This project will benefit from the opportunities offered by Algeria in terms of infrastructure including the transport network, liquefied natural gas (LNG) groups and petrochemical infrastructure as well as the geographical position close to the gas markets.

The project will enable the three countries (Algeria, Niger, and Nigeria) to ensure the socio-economic development of the regions crossed by the pipeline, which will guarantee development and security in the region.

“The three parties agreed to establish a roadmap for the project,” according to the source, which said that the meeting reached a common vision on the importance of the project and its international scope, especially with regard to securing gas supplies to markets.