Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline design nearing completion

Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline design nearing completion

- There is progress in the agreement signed by Nigeria and Morocco that will see Nigeria providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe

- According to Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the phase 1 scope of the Front End Engineering and Design of the Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline is expected to be completed by the end of March 2019

- The agreement alongside two agreements were signed in Rabat by Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco in June 2018

The phase 1 scope of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) of the Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter (Q1) of 2019.

The disclosure was made by the minister of state for petroleum resources Dr Ibe Kachikwu, at the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja on Monday, January 28, Daily Trust reports.

Legit.ng gathers that three agreements were signed in Rabat by Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco in June 2018.

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One of the agreements will see Nigeria providing gas through regional gas pipeline to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe.

The Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) is designed to be 5,660km long. It is expected to reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country.

The group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, said the gas pipeline will traverse at least 15 West African countries and connect the existing Europe gas pipeline.

According to him, feasibility study of the gas pipeline has been concluded and the pre-FID (final investment decision) greenfield optimisation study is currently ongoing.

Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco signed three agreements in Rabat, Morocco, on Monday, June 11.

According to a statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the agreements include a regional gas pipeline that will see Nigeria providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe.

The signing of the agreements, witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and King of Morocco, His Majesty King Mohammed V1, followed a meeting between the two African leaders that focused on strengthening economic relations in gas resource development, global investments and agricultural training and management.

The feasibility study of the agreement on the pipeline, which was signed by the group general manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Farouq Said Garba, and Amina Benkhadra, director general of the National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines, was concluded in July 2018.

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The construction of the pipeline will be phased and based on increasing needs of the countries crossed and Europe for the period of 25 years.

The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP), designed to be 5,660km long, will reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country, while cutting down poverty through the creation of more job opportunities.

The NMGP will further encourage utilisation of gas in the sub-region for cooking and discourage desertification.

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