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Sahara gas pipeline gets go-ahead – BBC NEWS | Business |

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 8, 2009

Nigeria, Niger and Algeria have signed an agreement to build a multi-billion dollar pipeline to take Nigerian gas across the Sahara to the Mediterranean.

The giant project, which will cost an estimated $13bn (£8bn), aims to deliver up to 30 billion cubic metres of gas per year for the European market.

France’s Total, Anglo-Dutch firm Shell, and Russia’s Gazprom have all expressed an interest in investing in the scheme.

The pipeline will run for 2,580 miles (4,128km) through the three countries.

BBC Africa analyst Richard Hamilton says that when built, it will be one of the great feats of engineering in the world and dwarf several existing pipelines, such as the one beneath the North Sea.

He says one concern is security, as a pipeline could be a target for Tuareg rebels or al-Qaeda in North Africa, both of whom are active among the unpatrolled expanses and porous borders of the Sahara.

via BBC NEWS | Business | Sahara gas pipeline gets go-ahead.

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