Baru Calls for Energy Integration Across West Africa

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • Daily Independent

ABUJA – Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has called for more integration among countries within the West African sub-region towards providing lasting solutions to the region’s numerous energy challenges.

Baru made the call on Wednesday during a meeting with the United States Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, and some African petroleum ministers, on the sidelines of the 19thCERAWeek Conference taking place in Houston, United States.

The NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, in a release in Abuja said Baru disclosed at the meeting that energy integration across the sub-region was necessary as it would drastically reduce unemployment and restiveness as well as improve the economies of the affected countries.

“Nigeria as a regional leader has already encouraged regional integration by first putting up the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) to ensure gas is available to West Africa. We are also doing the Trans Sahara Gas Pipeline (TSGP), even as we are intent on extending the WAGP to Morocco,” Baru told the US Energy Secretary at the occasion.

He said the intent was to come up with a West African Power Pool that would put up power plants and other gas-based industries along those areas within the respective countries.

The GMD said Nigeria’s crude oil production had seen tremendous improvement in recent years, due to Federal Government’s laudable efforts in ensuring security in the Niger Delta region.