The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and Morocco’s Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines on Thursday signed the memorandum of understanding for the start of construction of the 5,600 km gas pipeline project.
NNPC said the highly anticipated Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project officially started after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries and the Economic Community of West African States in Rabat, Morocco. He said the two countries and ECOWAS had signed the Memorandum of Understanding agreement on the project, which was an important step in realizing the Federal Government’s drive to exploit Nigeria’s abundant gas resources. The NMGP is a 5,600 km gas pipeline project crossing 13 African countries which, when completed, will supply gas from Nigeria to West African countries to the Kingdom of Morocco and then on to Europe. When completed, the project will supply 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 in Morocco. Signing the agreement on behalf of Nigeria was NNPC Ltd Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari; while the Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines of Morocco, Dr. Amina Benkhadra, signed on behalf of her country. The ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitization, Mr. Sediko Douka, signed on behalf of the sub-regional organization. In his remarks at the MoU signing ceremony, Kyari described the development as a very significant milestone in the NMGP project in which all major project stakeholders had come together to reaffirm their commitments to deliver the project. .
While expressing his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and His Royal Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who both entrusted NNPC Ltd and ONHYM with the strategic project, Kyari said that from the start of the project until at this stage, concerted efforts had been made by the governments of both countries, which led to the achievements recorded so far. He said that the Federal Government and the Kingdom of Morocco would benefit immeasurably from the execution of the project, as it would extend beyond the supply of gas to energize countries along the route. gas pipeline project, Conceived during the visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to Nigeria in December 2016, the NMGP project is an initiative of the Federal Government and the Kingdom of Morocco. It aims to monetize Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources, thereby generating additional revenue for the country, diversifying Nigeria’s gas export routes and eliminating gas flaring across the country. The gas pipeline will start from Brass Island (Nigeria) and end in northern Morocco, where it will be connected to the existing European Maghreb gas pipeline which runs from Algeria (via Morocco), to Spain.
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