Minister of Energy and Mines Mohamed Arkab affirmed, Thursday in Algiers, that Algeria pays special attention to the quick implementation of the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline Project, which aims to link Nigerian natural gas fields with Europe through the Algerian gas pipeline network.
In his speech during a meeting held at the Ministry’s headquarters with a delegation of the Nigerian National Institute for Political and Strategic Studies, which is on a visit to Algeria, Arkab stressed: “We pay special attention to the quick realization of this important project, which will give a new impetus to relations between our two countries in the field of technical cooperation and capacity building.”
Arkab explained that this would generate major social and economic benefits in the transit countries in the respect of environmental protection and sustainable development.
The minister reiterated Algeria’s desire to see Nigeria ratify the intergovernmental agreement related to the trans-Saharan gas pipeline project signed in 2009 in Abuja.
The Minister also said that the project is registered under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) adding that “Algeria is making unremitting efforts to develop energy exchanges at the continental level.”
In the same context, the Director-General of the National Institute for Comprehensive Strategic Studies, Abdulaziz Mujahid, who attended the meeting, evoked cooperation opportunities available between the two countries thanks to their integration in gas sector, “in a way that benefits the entire continent.”
It is worth noting that the delegation which consists of 17 senior officials specialized in the political, economic, social and military fields, will carry out several activities of a scientific and cultural nature and will visit many bodies in order to get acquainted with and benefit from the Algerian experience in various fields.
The Nigerian delegation is expected to visit 6 Algerian provinces, such as Tipaza, Annaba, Souk Ahras, Laghouat, Oran and Tindouf, where it will have the opportunity to visit many small companies and startups, agricultural cooperatives, groups and research centers, especially the Research Center in Social and Cultural Anthropology, in addition to the Research Unit in Renewable Energies.