A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a gas pipeline project will be signed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines of Morocco, and the commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) tomorrow (Thursday).
The 7,000-kilometer gas pipeline project between Nigeria and Morocco, which is anticipated to increase supplies to Europe, is anticipated to be implemented as a result of the MoU.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd., Mele Kyari, visited the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Omar Touray, on Tuesday in preparation for the agreement’s signature, which is slated to take place on September 15, 2022, in Rabat, Morocco.
The NNPCL disclosed the meeting’s outcome on its Twitter account, stating that the form and the ECOWAS Commission both reiterated their commitment to supplying gas to West African nations via the kingdom of Morocco and ultimately to Europe.
In order to participate in the project, SMH of Mauritania and Petrosen of Senegal will also sign two memorandums of understanding with the NNPC and Morocco’s ONHYM.
By the time it is finished, the project will have supplied 3 billion standard cubit feet of gas along the West African coast, from Nigeria to Morocco via Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, and Senegal.
Other advantages, according to the NNPCL, include raising people’s living conditions, integrating the economies of the sub-region, and preventing desertification through a consistent and sustainable gas supply.
The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project was created during King Mohammed VI of Morocco’s visit to Nigeria in December 2016. It is an initiative of the federal governments of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco.
The NMGP Project aims to commercialize Nigeria’s substantial natural gas resources in order to increase the country’s revenue, diversify Nigeria’s gas export routes, and end gas flaring.
Additionally, it will help with the integration of the sub-Regional economies via the provision of gas to Morocco, 13 ECOWAS nations, and Europe, as well as the raising of living standards in the sub-region.
Additionally, it is anticipated to generate money, reduce poverty, aid in the battle against desertification through a sustainable and reliable gas supply, and open up opportunities for other nations along the pipeline path to develop and export their own gas.
The pipeline is a 48 Inch X 5,300 Km (offshore Brass Island, Nigeria to Dakhla, Morocco) and 56 Inch X 1,700 Km (onshore from Dakhla, Morocco Maghreb European Pipeline) with a total length of around over 7,000 Km and consists of roughly 13 compressor stations.
The pipeline will start in Nigeria at Brass Island and end in North Africa, where it will be connected to the already-existing Maghreb European Pipeline (MEP), which runs from Algeria via Morocco to Spain.
It is reputed to be the second-longest and longest offshore pipeline in the world, spanning 11 countries in West Africa.