Following completion of a feasibility study, the US company Chevron is keen to press on with its scheme to build a pipeline to transport natural gas from Nigeria to the neighbouring states of Ghana, Togo and Benin.

The study concluded the West Africa Gas Pipeline Project is technically and economically feasible. Chevron is working to establish a consortium to develop the scheme. It has also to negotiate a concession between the consortium and the four governments involved, paving the way for project financing.

Under present plans, initial deliveries of gas would commence in 2002, with volumes increases by four to five times over the succeeding twenty years. Nigerian gas is currently flared because it cannot be put to commercial use.