Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline: several agreements are in preparation

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project was at the center of discussions on Tuesday in Abuja between the Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC Ltd), Mele Kyari, and the Chairman of the Commission of the Economic Community of States. from West Africa (ECOWAS), Omar Alieu Touray.

“As part of the mandate of the Federal Government to spearhead the execution of the 7,000 km Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) Project, the CEO of NNPC Ltd, Mele Kyari, today paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission Omar Alieu Touray,” NNPC Ltd said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

“The visit was in preparation for the signing of a memorandum of understanding between NNPC Ltd, the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) of Morocco and ECOWAS, scheduled for September 15 in Rabat”, specified the communicated.

“During this visit, NNPC Ltd and the ECOWAS Commission reaffirmed their commitment to the project which, when completed, will supply gas to West African countries through the Kingdom of Morocco and then Europe,” continued the same source.

“NNPC Ltd and ONHYM will also sign two memorandums of understanding with the Mauritanian Hydrocarbons Company (SMH) and Petrosen of Senegal, both of which are expected to participate in the project,” it said.

“When completed, the project will supply approximately 3 billion standard cubic feet per day of gas along the West African coast from Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania to Morocco,” added NNPC Ltd.

“Other benefits of the NMGP project include improving people’s living standards, integrating the economies of the sub-region, and mitigating desertification through sustainable and reliable gas supply,” he said. we put forward.

At the beginning of last June, the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria gave its consent for the Nigerian National Oil Company (NNPC Ltd) to conclude an agreement with ECOWAS for the construction of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline.

Launched in 2016 in Abuja under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline, a major project, is to transport Nigerian gas to several West African countries, to Morocco and, through Morocco, to Spain and Europe.

The pipeline will also have significant economic benefits for the region, harnessing clean energy that meets the continent’s new commitments to environmental protection.

The project will also give Africa a new economic, political and strategic dimension and will place Morocco and Nigeria as two leaders in South-South cooperation on the African continent.

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline mega-project, whose feasibility study began in May 2017 at a cost of several billion dollars, was launched during the official visit of HM King Mohammed VI in December 2016 in Abuja, and a related agreement was signed on June 10, 2018, during a trip to Rabat by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

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