The West African Gas Pipeline Company – operator of the West African Gas Pipeline system – has been forced to shut off gas receipts into its pipeline.
The company said that the gas that was being received at its Itoki receipt terminal exceeded allowable gas specifications for moisture content, and that could be detrimental to the integrity of the pipeline system.
West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) is currently in discussions with suppliers to ensure the situation is reversed as rapidly as possible.
The 678 km West African Gas Pipeline links into the existing Escravos-Lagos pipeline at the Nigeria Gas Company’s Itoki Natural Gas Export Terminal in Nigeria, and proceeds to a beachhead in Lagos. From there it moves offshore to Takoradi in Ghana, with gas delivery laterals from the 20 inch diameter mainline extending to Cotonou (Benin), Lome (Togo) and Tema (Ghana).
Both the Cotonou and Lome laterals are 8 inches in diameter, while the Tema lateral is 18 inches in diameter. The Escravos-Lagos pipeline system has a capacity of 800 MMcf/d, and the WAPCo system has a peak capacity of 460 MMcf/d.