Michelle Burkett

Managing Director West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo)

Michelle Burkett, Managing Director of the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo), has 20 years of experience in the oil & gas upstream and midstream businesses with Chevron.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.

Michelle has held various leadership positions with Chevron across the United States spanning oil and gas facilities and infrastructure development, installation, and safe operations. She has extensive expertise in pipeline technical and operational support, base business optimization, and project development.  

Michelle is passionate about building and cultivating relationships, developing personnel competency, and delivering workplace excellence through embracing diversity of thought, experience, and background.   She believes in enabling human progress through the economic development of reliable, ever-cleaner energy in the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) States.  

The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) is a limited liability company that owns and operates the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) System. WAPCo’s main mandate is to transport natural gas for our customers in Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana, in a safe, responsible, and reliable manner. WAPCo is a joint venture between private and public sector companies in four West African countries namely: Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana and two private sector partners – Chevron and Shell. The company’s shareholders are Chevron West African Gas Pipeline Ltd., Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell Overseas Holding Ltd., Takoradi Power Company Ltd., Société Togolaise de Gaz, and BenGaz SA. WAPCo is regulated by the West African Gas Pipeline Authority (WAGPA) based in Abuja, Nigeria.

WAPCo is headquartered in Accra, Ghana, with branch offices in Lagos - Nigeria, Cotonou-Benin, Lomé-Togo, Tema and Takoradi in Ghana.

The 677.8-kilometre West African Gas Pipeline system links into the existing Escravos-Lagos Pipeline at the Itoki Natural Gas Export Terminal in Ogun State, Nigeria, and proceeds to a compressor station near Badagry, Lagos State from where it stretches offshore to Takoradi, in Ghana, with gas delivery laterals from the main line extending to Cotonou (Benin), Lomé (Togo) and Tema (Ghana). The WAGP installed capacity for gas entry at Itoki is 170 MMscf/d (with 2 compressors) and can be expanded to handle 474 MMscf/d with additional compressors. In June of 2019, a new gas entry point was established at Takoradi, Ghana connecting to the Ghana Gas pipeline with a receipt capacity of 225 MMscf/d into the WAGP.