Gazprom to start $500mln gas pipe construction in Nigeria in 2010

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Gazprom and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will team up to build a $400-500 million gas pipeline in Nigeria in 2010, the general director of Gazprom International said on Thursday.

ABUJA, June 25 (RIA Novosti) - Gazprom and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will team up to build a $400-500 million gas pipeline in Nigeria in 2010, the general director of Gazprom International said on Thursday.

"We'll participate in the construction of the first section of the pipeline from the southwestern areas of Nigeria to the north. This is about 360 km [224 miles] of gas pipeline," Boris Ivanov said.

Ivanov said that if a trans-African gas pipeline were built, the Nigerian pipe would be its first section.

Gazprom and the NNPC are setting up a joint venture on a parity basis with a charter capital of $7.5 million and total investment exceeding $2 billion, Ivanov said, adding that the Russian energy giant had started talks on cooperation with the Nigerian company several years ago.

"The conclusion of this work is the establishment of a joint venture on a parity basis, which is extremely important," Ivanov said.

The JV will involve joint projects in the field of oil and gas production and the construction of gas distribution networks, refining facilities, gas transportation infrastructure and power facilities, Ivanov said.

"The company has virtually started work as of today," Ivanov said, adding that Nigeria had huge natural gas reserves.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who visited Nigeria on Wednesday and held talks with his Nigerian counterpart, said that Russia would invest billions of U.S. dollars in Nigeria's energy sector.

"If we work together and implement our plans that are laid out in the documents signed by us, the volume of Russian investment in the Nigerian energy sector will measure billions of U.S. dollars. This applies to very large projects," Medvedev said.

 

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