President Mahamadou Issoufou formally launched the Niger-Benin export pipeline project on 17 September at a ceremony at Koulélé, in the Agadem region. The launch of the surface works followed the signing on 15 September of a transportation convention between the government and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The transportation convention sets out the contractual terms between CNPC and the Republic of Niger under which the pipeline will be built and operated.