Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have announced plans to establish a bi-directional gas pipeline to supply gas to both countries based on their demand profile as part of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) signed in 2017, a popular local news outlet GhanaWeb, reported on Monday, March 27, 2023.
According to the report, the move aims to enhance the friendship, fraternity, and solidarity that the two countries have sustained through history, geographical positioning, and cultural tolerance.
In line with the project, a delegation from Cote d’Ivoire, led by Noumory Sidibe, Director General of CI-Energies, visited Ghana on March 14, 2023, with Dr. Ben Asante, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Gas, representing the Ghanaian government at the meeting.
During the meeting, Dr. Asante expressed Ghana National Gas Company’s commitment to supporting the successful completion of the gas pipeline project, stating that “gas will be the growth pole for industrialization in our two countries and beyond.”
Dr. Asante also highlighted that the gas supplied would be used for power generation, fertilizer feedstock, and industrialization to benefit both Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
The two West African countries have discovered oil and gas in commercial quantities, making the bi-directional gas pipeline project crucial in connecting their load centers to supply gas from Ghana to Cote d’Ivoire and vice versa, depending on demand. After the meeting, the two delegations paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Energy, where they were received by Deputy Minister for Energy, Honorable Andrew Egyapa Mercer, on behalf of the Minister for Energy.