The Group Managing Director of The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, while receiving a delegation from Cote d’Ivoire, at the NNPC Towers in Abuja yesterday, disclosed plans to extend the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) from Ghana to Cote d’Ivoire.
The GMD, who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Saidu Mohammed, said that the extension of WAGP to Cote d’Ivoire is part of the Federal Government’s West Africa Integration policy which is aimed at penetrating the regions, and also facilitating easy transmission of gas within the West African sub-region.
Meanwhile, The leader of the Ivorian delegation and Deputy Director, Production, of Ministry of Petroleum, Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Patrick Marshal, said the visit was to enable them learn some of Nigeria best practices in personnel management, exploration and production in the oil and gas industry.
Baru, told the delegates that Nigeria and NNPC has been into the oil and gas exploration and production business for over 50years, while he expressed the readiness of the corporation to share its vast experience in the sector with the delegation.
“Petroleum exploration and production dates back to over 50 years in Nigeria, and a lot of experiences in technology and personnel management have been acquired. We are ready to share our experiences with you to help you avoid the mistakes we made in the past,” Baru said.
The GMD further stated that the meeting will lead to the growth and development of the oil and gas sector in both regions, adding that the corporation was aware of the long history of refining in Cote d’Ivoire.