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FG expedites talks with Morocco on Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project

The talks focused on how to drive the partnership between the two countries to accelerate the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project in line with the series of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) signed between the two countries in Abuja in 2022.

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Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco are intensifying discussions to fast-track the process of achieving the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the Nigeria-Morocco Gas pipeline.

The meaningful dialogue took place on the sidelines of a meeting between the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Mr. Ekperikpe Ekpo, and the Moroccan Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Ms. Leila Benali.

The Chief Corporate Communications Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPCL), Mr. Olufemi Soneye, said on Thursday in a statement that the meeting was anchored by NNPC Ltd.’s Executive Vice President, Gas, Power, and New Energy, Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye, and the Director General of the Morocco National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), Mme. Amina Benkhadra.

The talks focused on how to drive the partnership between the two countries to accelerate the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project in line with the series of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) signed between the two countries in Abuja in 2022.

The statement reads: “Both parties emphasised the strategic importance of the project to the two countries and the entire African continent and the need to drive it to completion expeditiously in line with the objective of stemming energy poverty on the African continent.

“It would be recalled that the Cooperation Agreement for the 48” x 5,300 km pipeline from Nigeria to Dhakia (Morocco) and 1,700km from Dhakia to Northern Morocco was signed in 2017 with a capacity of 30 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year (equivalent of 3.0 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day).

“The pipeline would traverse the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, and terminate in Morocco with a spur to Spain.

“Due to the international nature of the project, the ECOWAS Commission is saddled with the responsibility to, among other things, facilitate inter-governmental treaty and host government agreements, the establishment of the Pipeline Higher Authority, and alignment with the AU, UN, and other relevant international bodies.

“The project, among other things, will help drive the monetization of Nigeria’s gas resources, maintain NNPC Ltd.’s energy leadership in Africa, and promote economic and regional cooperation among African countries.”

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