The WAGP project proposed the construction of a gas pipeline spanning approximately 617 km (580 km of which were offshore) from Nigeria to Ghana. Through this pipeline, gas from Nigeria will be delivered to Benin, Togo, and Ghana, where it will be used to generate electricity, and/or to power industry. The project was commissioned by a consortium of major international oil companies and energy companies in each of the four host countries (Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria).
RPI coordinated the offshore environmental baseline study (EBS), which was part of the EIS that was prepared for the project. The EBS survey consisted or sediment profile imagery (SPI), water chemistry, sediment chemistry, benthic biology, and phytoplankton and zooplankton trawls The EBS was conducted from a 143 ft research vessel, working 24 hrs/day. We managed the research operations including eighteen scientists from six countries, with RPI serving in a variety of roles, including Chief Scientist.