Nigeria, Morocco begin 5,600 km . gas pipeline project

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines of Morocco signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday to start construction of the 5,600 km gas pipeline between Nigeria and Morocco.

NNPC said the highly anticipated Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project has officially started following the signing of the MoU between the two countries and the Economic Community of West African States in Rabat, Morocco.

It said the two countries and ECOWAS implemented the MoU agreement on the project, which was an important step in fulfilling the federal government’s commitment to harness Nigeria’s abundant gas resources.

The NMGP is a 5,600km gas pipeline project that traverses 13 African countries and, when completed, will supply gas from Nigeria to the West African countries to the Kingdom of Morocco and then to Europe.

Once completed, the project will deliver approximately three billion standard cubic feet of gas per day along the West African coast from Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania to Morocco.

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The agreement on behalf of Nigeria was signed by the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd, Mele Kyari; while the director-general of the Moroccan National Bureau of Hydrocarbons and Mines, Dr. Amina Benkhadra, on behalf of her country.

The ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitization, Mr. Sediko Douka, signed on behalf of the sub-regional organization.

Commenting at the MoU signing ceremony, Kyari described the development as a very important milestone in the NMGP project in which all key stakeholders in the project had come together to reaffirm their commitments to make the project a reality.

While expressing appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and His Royal Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who entrusted both NNPC Ltd and ONHYM with the strategic project, Kyari stated that from the inception of the project to this stage, concerted efforts had been made by the governments of both countries, leading to the results achieved so far.

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He said the federal government and the Kingdom of Morocco would greatly benefit from implementing the project as it would go beyond the supply of gas to power the countries along the route.

The NMGP project, conceived during the visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to Nigeria in December 2016, is an initiative of the Federal Government and the Kingdom of Morocco.

It aims to monetize Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources, generating additional revenue for the country, diversifying Nigeria’s gas export routes and eliminating gas flaring across the country.

The pipeline will originate from Brass Island (Nigeria) and terminate in northern Morocco where it will be connected to the existing Maghreb European Pipeline originating from Algeria (via Morocco) all the way to Spain.

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