The 678-km (421-mile) West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), which is designed to supply Nigerian natural gas to customers in Benin, Ghana and Togo for power generation and industrial applications, is an ECOWAS vision dating back to 1982. The implementation of the pipeline project through the collaborative efforts of four states – Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Togo, and the public/private sponsors of the pipeline – Chevron West African Gas Pipeline Ltd; Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Shell Overseas Holdings Limited; Takoradi Power Company Limited, Societe Togolaise de Gaz and Societe BenGaz S.A..
The award is a recognition of the contribution of ECOWAS and the governments of the 4 countries who provided an environment to enable the implementation of the project by signing the WAGP Treaty, passing legislative instruments, enacting laws, and signing agreements with their investment partners; and of the sponsors of the pipeline who as shareholders of the company WAPCo, have invested over one billion dollars towards the construction of the pipeline, and provided technical experts, advice and supervision to the company.
The citation also referred to the immense amount of work that went into the realization of the WAGP vision – in other areas such as environmental impact assessments, resettlement action plans, compensation payments, that had to be implemented across the four countries.
The award was received by WAPCo’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs Harriet Wereko-Brobby, on behalf of all the recipients.
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is a programme of the African Union adopted in Lusaka, Zambia in 2001. NEPAD is a radically new intervention, spearheaded by African leaders to pursue new priorities and approaches to the political and socio-economic transformation of Africa.