Global consultancy group RPS has secured a new contract to support the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project.
The company announced earlier this month that its team will measure offshore weather and oceanographic conditions along the pipeline route for a period of one year. “Our global MetOcean team will support the project using the new RPS MetOcean workshop in Newbury, near Reading, UK,” the company said, recalling that the OPECH-supported project also involved cooperation with 13 West African countries.
Highlighting the importance of the pipeline, RPS pointed out that the project aims to facilitate increased prosperity in the region by enabling the monetization of natural gas resources. “It also aims to increase energy security, support the energy transition through access to less polluting fuels and offer a new alternative export route to Europe,” the statement added.
Anthony Gaffney, MetOcean RPS Director – UK/EAME commented on the contract, highlighting the group’s commitment to supporting the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines and (ONHYM) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) to understand the weather conditions in the region. “Our team has become recognized for its ability to provide accurate and reliable data; our services will support vital decision-making in the development of this prestigious project,” he said.
In May, NNPC CEO Malam Mele Kyari reaffirmed the importance of the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline, stressing that the project is one of the most ambitious. The project will cost more than $25 billion, “but more than anything, it will connect 11 West African countries to our gas sources,” Kyari told the Daily Trust. The project will allow Morocco to host more than 1,600 kilometers of gas pipeline that will benefit more than 400 million people in West Africa.