Crude oil exploitation: Niger connects to the Cameroon-Chad pipeline

The Petrol Minister of Niger has announced that Niger will construct a pipeline that links the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline by the end of 2018.The line is expected to transport Petrol through Chad to the Kribi deep sea port.

He made the announcement on the state television on Monday, 10th April 2018.According to the plan, Petrol will leave Niger through the Chad-Cameroon pipeline to the Kribi deep sea port in Cameroon.

Niger produces about 20,000 barrels of crude oil daily. The country recently signed a partnership Agreement with the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation ( CNPC) for the exploitation of a second Petrol well.
The exploitation of the crude oil will begin at the end of 2018 at Agadem where the corporation has been extracting crude oil since 2011.

Through this project, Niger envisages a daily production of 90.000 barrels of crude oil per day.
In all , the country’s daily production is expected to rise to 110.000 barrels daily.

Approximately 2.5 billion dollars will be invested in the new surface infrastructures and 1-2 billion dollars in the construction of the pipeline.

Niger is rich in Uranium and gold. The black gold extracted is channeled to Zinder in the South of the country where it is refined.

Challenges of Petroleum Extraction

The Petroleum production zone has, in the last three years, witnessed repeated incursions from the Boko Haram Terrorists.
This has been a serious setback on the Petroleum activities.
The instability began around the 90s when a minority ethnic group claimed ownership of the area.

Background Facts

The project to construct the pipeline connecting the Chad-Cameroon pipeline was initiated in 2013.The project was considered unprofitable, and put on hold in February 2017 by the CNPC and the government of Niger following a rapid fall in commodity prizes.

Kathy Neba Sina

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