Fishermen hamper West African Gas Pipeline Project

Sep 23, 2005 02:00 AM

The implementation of the West African Gas Pipeline Project (WAGP) is being hampered by the activities of fishermen from Shama and Aboadze in the Shama Ahanta East Metropolis. The company working on the project had to stop briefly as fishermen from the two fishing communities went very close to a barge, which is on the sea to fish.
The company stopped working to avoid putting the lives of the fishermen in danger since the canoes they were using could have capsized through the activities of the company in the area they had gone to fish.

Information has it that there are rays of light at the place the company is working and these attract fishes to that part of the sea, subsequently attracting the fishermen to go there for a bumper harvest.
The Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Philip Kwesi Nkrumah, who made this known at an assembly meeting said the company had five months to lay the gas pipeline from Sekondi to Aflao. He said the company should, therefore, be allowed to work faster, since it was charging according to man-hours.

Mr Nkrumah said the chief fishermen of the two communities would be contacted to educate their members on the need to keep away from the project site to enable work to go on smoothly.
The objective of the West African Gas Pipeline Project is to enable customers in Benin, Ghana and Togo to access Nigeria’s immense reserves of natural gas as fuel for power generation and industrial development. The project, with a development cost of approximately $ 580 mm, will transport gas from Alagbado in Nigeria to delivery points in Cotonou, Lome, Tema and Takoradi.

The project will be a source of cost effective, secure, clean and reliable energy for West Africa and will also provide a foundation to facilitate regional economic growth and development, as well as provide an infrastructure to stimulate further foreign investment. It will also displace liquid fuels in power generation and consequently contribute to a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases in the region.
Initially, natural gas producers in Western Niger Delta will supply gas for sale to WAGP’s customers. The natural gas to be supplied through WAGP will be processed natural gas, stripped of impurities, solids, heavy hydrocarbons, liquids and water.

It will also be very light and dry gas, ideally suited as fuel for power plants and industrial customers.
Supply will come from primarily associated natural gas sources, with back up from non-associated natural gas sources in the Western Niger Delta.

Source: Daily Graphic
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