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NNPC, ECOWAS Discuss Nigeria, Morocco Gas Pipeline Project

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project was at the center of discussions, Tuesday in Abuja, between the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC Ltd), Mele Kyari, and the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Omar Alieu Touray.

“In line with Federal Government’s mandate to drive the execution of the 7,000km Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline Project, the Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPC Ltd, Mele Kyari, today (Wednesday) paid a courtesy call on the President, ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Omar Touray,” NNPC Ltd said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

“The visit was in preparation of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the NNPC Ltd, Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) of Morocco and the ECOWAS, scheduled to hold on September 15, 2022 in Rabat, Morocco,” the statement said.

“During the visit, the NNPC Ltd and the ECOWAS Commission reaffirmed their commitment towards the project, which, when completed, will provide gas to the West African countries through to the Kingdom of Morocco and subsequently to Europe,” the same source added.

“The NNPC and ONHYM would also sign two MoUs with Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures of Mauritania and Petrosen of Senegal, both of whom are expected to participate in the project,” it said.

Once completed, the project would supply about three billion standard cubic feet of gas along the West African Coast from Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania to Morocco, NNPC Ltd added.

“Other benefits of the NMGP project include improving the living standards of people, integration of the economies within the sub-region and mitigating against desertification through sustainable & reliable gas supply,” it said.

Earlier this June, the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria had given its approval for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC Ltd) to enter into an agreement with ECOWAS for the construction of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline.

Launched in 2016 in Abuja under the presidency of HM King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline, a major project, is expected to deliver Nigerian gas to several West African countries, to Morocco and, through Morocco, to Spain and Europe.

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