The Trans Africa Pipeline

The Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) is the largest, humanitarian civil engineering project of the 21st century.

The Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) is the first permanent solution to end devastating drought and increasing desertification across the Sahel region of northern Africa.

TAP is an 8,000 km. long freshwater pipeline which will provide clean, potable drinking water to 28-30 million people in 11 countries of the African Sahel.

The largest humanitarian civil engineering project of the 21st century, TAP will construct large-scale desalination plants on the west and east coasts of Africa, regional tank farms and pumping stations for water storage and distribution.

Using a combination of new solar technologies and wind turbines, TAP will be carbon-neutral, develop its own power sources, and pump approximately 400,000 cubic meters a day of clean, fresh water from each African coast across 11 Sahel countries.

The Trans Africa Pipeline Inc. is a not-for-profit organization working in collaboration with the 11-country Pan African Great Green Wall agency, with specific Sahel countries and with our U.S. charitable organization, the TAP Foundation U.S.

TAP Overview

The Trans Africa Pipeline is the first permanent solution to end devastating drought and increasing desertification across the Sahel region of northern Africa.

The Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) is an 8,000 km. long freshwater pipeline which will provide clean, potable drinking water to 28-30 million people in 11 countries of the African Sahel.

The largest humanitarian civil engineering project of the 21st century, TAP will construct large-scale desalination plants on the west and east coasts of Africa, regional tank farms and pumping stations for water storage and distribution.

Using a combination of new solar technologies and wind turbines, TAP will be carbon-neutral, develop its own power sources, and pump approximately 400,000 cubic meters a day of clean, fresh water from each African coast across 11 Sahel countries.

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TAP News

Dr. Tennyson Invited to be Keynote Speaker at The Third International Congress on Desert Economy, Energy Economics between Deserts and Oceans
October 01, 2020

Dr. Roderick Tennyson has been invited as a keynote speaker to discuss the Trans Africa Pipeline project at The Third International Congress on Desert Economy, Energy Economics between Deserts and Oceans, on February 23th and 24th, 2021, in Dakhla, Morocco.  This conference is co-organized by the National School of Business and Management of Dakhla and the Regional Council of Dakhla Oued Eddahab.
 
TAP has signed a memorandum of agreement with a major energy investment company headquartered in Dubai to discuss investment opportunities related to the application of hybrid wind/solar power systems in the TAP projects.
 
TAP has signed a memorandum of agreement with a private investment group located in London, UK, to promote and secure investment in TAP’s Phase 1 project. This project entails building a small solar powered desalination plant with salt ponds either in Mauritania or Sudan.  Read full release...

Trans-Africa Pipeline News Briefs
June 01, 2020

June 2020
TAP has established an arrangement with a private consultant in Sudan who is actively pursuing government contacts to establish a memorandum of
agreement with the government of Sudan to implement Phase 1 on the Red Sea.
 
March 2020
TAP has established a working relationship with a senior banking official who has contacts with the governments of Mauritania and Sudan. He is
supportive of TAP and has had several meetings with the government of Mauritania to promote a Phase 1 TAP project proposal.
 
November 2019
TAP submitted a proposal to the new government of Mauritania to construct Phase 1 in the land grant offered to TAP by the government.  Phase 1 is
limited in scope and size to demonstrate the effectiveness of a small scale solar powered desalination plant with adjacent salt ponds. The water
would be piped to nearby towns and farms. This proposal is under consideration by their Ministry of Environment.
 
March 2019
An internal group of TAP personnel started work on a new contemporary web site in collaboration with a Canadian design company. This project is in
development and is currently being reviewed by TAP.  Read full release...

Mali Appoints Official Representative to the Trans Africa Pipeline
February 21, 2018

The Government of Mali has announced its official government appointee to represent the interests of Mali in the Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) project. Mr. Django Mady Coulibaly, a geophysicist engineer with the Mali government’s Ministry of Mines, was designated as its TAP liaison/representative and warmly welcomed by TAP.  Read full release...

Untapped potential: How the Trans Africa Pipeline project plans to solve the Sahel drought issue
June 01, 2017

African Business Review
June 2017
Trans Africa Pipeline: Delivering Water Security
By Wedaeli Chibelushi
A solution to the Sahel drought problem may no longer be a pipedream.  We speak to Rod Tennyson and Daphne Lavers, co-founders of the Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP), about their ambitious project.  Read full release...

Mauritania Government Appoints Co-ordinator for the Trans Africa Pipeline
April 11, 2017

Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania:
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania announced on April 6, 2017 the appointment of Mr. Mbacké Fall as the Mauritania Government Co-ordinator for the Trans Africa Pipeline Project (TAP), a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization building an 8,000 km. freshwater pipeline across the Sahel region of Africa.  Read full release...



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TAP Video

Water is life.

Safe water is vital to human existence but for over 750 million people clean water is just a dream, especially in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa where drought from climate change inflicts water-related disease and death, the loss of farmland to desertification and chronic water and food shortage on tens of millions of people.

Lack of safe water is the greatest single obstacle to human survival and development in the Sahel.

Until now...

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There is hope: a Trans-Africa pipeline will benefit millions of people.

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Quotes & Proverbs

Water is life: a few more thoughts...

A true friend, when you have nothing to drink, will bring you water.

Pure water is the world's first and foremost medicine.

Proverbs

When you have water you dream many things.

TAP dreams of a future where access to clean drinking water is universal.

From "Dead Aid"

The notion that aid can alleviate systemic poverty...is a myth. Aid has been...an unmitigated political, economic and humanitarian disaster...

By Dambisa Moyo, 2009