Commencement of Nigeria-Morocco Gas Project Construction Set for 2024

Commencement of Nigeria-Morocco Gas Project Construction Set for 2024

The construction of the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project, envisioned to establish a connection to the European market, is set to commence in 2024, according to Ekperikpe Ekpo, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas). This ambitious project aims to transport gas across several participating nations, including Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, and Morocco.

During a meeting with a delegation from the Kingdom of Morocco led by Ambassador Moha Ou Ali Tagma in Abuja, Mr. Ekpo expressed Nigeria’s keen interest and readiness for the project. The collaboration between the two nations involves discussions on the Trans-Atlantic pipeline project and the development of a fertilizer plant in Nigeria.

The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project has made significant progress with the signing of four Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in June 2023, outlining the strategic direction of the $25 billion Trans-Atlantic project. These MoUs involve key entities such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd), Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) of Morocco, and the Société Nationale des Opérations Pétrolières of Cote d’Ivoire (PETROCI).

Once completed, the project is expected to optimize the natural gas resources of the involved African countries, providing a new export route to Europe. Ekpo emphasized the importance of utilizing natural gas for prosperity, especially in the context of global conversations about climate change and the benefits of low carbon emission.

Additionally, the Moroccan Ambassador highlighted the significance of the project, which began in 2016, as the most crucial in Africa for exporting gas to Europe. Economic and technical studies on the project are set to conclude in early 2024, and the construction could potentially begin in the same year. The ambassador also provided insights into the OCP Group’s fertiliser projects in Nigeria, emphasizing the economic opportunities and investments they would generate.


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