The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has signed an agreement to grant $1.2 million for a feasibility study to develop Senegal’s first major onshore gas pipeline., media reports said. The grant will provide financial assistance for the study in construction of the pipeline network by the Senegal Gas Network.
Todd Abrajano, USTDA Chief Operating Officer, Head of Agency, told the media, “This pipeline will become the backbone of Senegal’s domestic gas sector and help create the infrastructure to supply the country’s power plants and transform its energy sector. US companies are eager to partner with Senegal on this opportunity, and we intend to make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of Senegalese by reducing power generation costs by up to 50 percent.”
The grant from USTDA will help to understand technical specifications of onshore pipeline networks. In addition, the study will analyse the demand for gas and provide economic and financial analysis. It is reported that the project supports the US government’s Power Africa, Prosper Africa Initiatives and USTDA’s US Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative.
Senegal is investing a lot of effort to make advancements in gas capacity for export and domestic use. The Power Africa Initiative is a partnership between USTDA and USAID.