Niger-Benin pipeline ceremony due May 20

Benin President Patrice Talon will participate in the official launch of construction on May 20, the Ministry of Water and Mines announced. A ceremony will be held on the site of the Sèmè-Kpodji station.

The Niger-Benin pipeline will run for 1,980 km, of which 685 km will be in Benin. It will begin at Agadem, in Niger, and run to Port Seme.

According to the ministry, there will be two pumping stations, in Gogounou and Tchatchou, and a terminal station in Sèmè-Kpodji. The plan also involves a deepwater export terminal, with a single point mooring system.

Construction will take two years, the ministry said, and will require 3,000 workers. The pipeline will create 300 permanent jobs.

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