Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) Project has officially started the 5600km gas pipeline project.
The project kicked off following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Rabat, Morocco, on Thursday.
Once completed, the project will deliver approximately three billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (3bscfd) crossing 13 African countries.
These are; the West African coast from Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania to Morocco.
When completed, it is expected to supply gas from Nigeria to the West African countries via the Kingdom of Morocco and then to Europe.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd, Mallam Mele Kyari, signed the MoU on behalf of Nigeria, while Amina Benkhadra, Director General of Morocco’s National Office for Hydrocarbons & Mines (ONHYM) signed on behalf of her country.
Mr. Sediko Douka, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitization, signed on behalf of the sub-regional organization.
In his comments, Kyari described the development as a very important milestone in the NMGP project in which all key stakeholders in the project have come together to reaffirm their commitment to the implementation of the project.
Kyari said that since the beginning of the project, joint efforts have been made by the governments of both countries, leading to the very commendable results achieved so far.
He said Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco will greatly benefit from the implementation of the project that goes beyond the supply of gas to power the countries along the route.
“Some of the benefits include wealth creation and improvement in living standards, integration of the region’s economies, reduction of desertification and other benefits that will come from a reduction in CO2 emissions,” he added. Kyari to it.
He added that the NNPC will facilitate the continuous supply of gas and provide other resources such as the land needed for the first pipeline compressor station to be deployed in Nigeria, one of the thirteen stations set aside along the pipeline route.
Kyari said NNPC is well positioned to move forward with the project by leveraging its experience and technical capabilities ranging from gas production, processing, transmission and marketing, as well as its extensive experience in executing major gas infrastructure projects in Nigeria.
The NMGP project, conceived during the visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to Nigeria in December 2016, is an initiative of the Nigerian government and the Kingdom of Morocco.
It aims to monetize Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources, providing the country with additional revenue, diversifying Nigeria’s gas export routes and eliminating gas flaring in 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 (MEP) originating from Algeria (via Morocco) all the way to Spain.
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