Iran Gas Trunkline is the fourth-longest in the Europe, Middle East and Africa, says GlobalData

saharan gas pipeThe 1,900km onshore Iranian Gas Trunk line-IGAT IX pipeline is the fourth-longest planned gas pipeline in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said GlobalData in its analysis of oil and gas pipelines in the region

Turkey’s Trans Anatolian (TANAP), with a length of 1,850km, is the fifth-longest onshore gas pipeline, which is set to start operation in this year, said GlobalData in its analysis of oil and gas pipeline in the region.

The operator National Iranian Gas Co. has a 100 per cent equity stake in Iran gas pipeline project, which is expected to start operation in 2020. The Middle East’s gas pipeline project has a total capex of US$6bn.

GlobalData said that in TANAP, where Tanap Dogalgaz Iletim AS is the operator, Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation, BP Plc and State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic have 30 per cent, 12 per cent and 28.4 per cent stakes respectively. However, the other stakeholders are unknown. The pipeline has a total capex of US$8bn.

The idea of the Iranian Gas Trunk line-IGAT IX pipeline and TANAP was developed with an aim to make the Middle East’s natural gas transportation smoother. As Middle East continues to explore oil and gas opportunities in the region, with an increased production of liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil and other petroleum products, the governments in the region are taking initiative to ensure easy supply of such petroleum products in the region, to ensure the economic development.

Many international companies are showing growing interest to invest in Middle East’s oil and gas projects, with the big names being BP, Italy’s Eni, France’s Total, Baker Hughes, along with the governments and regional oil and gas operators in the Middle East.

Trans Saharan GLobal

The 4,400km onshore Trans Saharan Gas project pipeline (NIGAL pipeline) from Nigeria to Algeria is the longest planned gas pipeline in the region. Also known as Trans-African gas pipeline, in which Trans Saharan Natural Gas Consortium is the operator, is scheduled to start operation by the end of 2021. The gas pipeline in Africa has a total capex of US$12bn, said GlobalData.

The African Renaissance Project pipeline, an onshore gas pipeline in Mozambique, is the second-largest gas pipeline in the region, with a length of 2,6000km. The third-longest pipeline in the region is the Gasnosu pipeline, also in Mozambique, with a length of 2,100km.

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