Federal Government of Nigeria and Morocco are currently in discussions to fast-track the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project

Federal Government of Nigeria and Morocco are currently in discussions to fast-track the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project

Accelerating the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project

The Federal Government of Nigeria has intensified discussions with the Kingdom of Morocco to hasten the Final Investment Decision (FID) process for the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline.

The ambitious project aims to connect several West African nations, spanning from the Republic of Benin to Morocco, with a potential spur reaching Spain.

Pipeline Route and Key Participants

According to a statement by the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Olufemi Soneye, the proposed pipeline would traverse countries such as Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal, and Mauritania.

Notably, the discussions also included plans for a spur connecting Morocco to Spain.

The collaborative effort involves key figures from the NNPC Ltd. and the Morocco National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM).

High-Level Meeting for Strategic Collaboration

On January 24, 2024, a significant meeting took place, with Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye, NNPC Ltd.’s Executive Vice President for Gas, Power & New Energy, and Mme Amina Benkhadra, Director General of ONHYM, leading the discussions.

The meeting brought together the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas) from Nigeria, Hon.

Ekperikpe Ekpo, and the Moroccan Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali.

Advancing Collaborative Efforts

The primary focus of the discussions centered on advancing the collaboration between the two nations to expedite the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project.

Notably, multiple Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed in Abuja in 2022, laying the foundation for this crucial energy infrastructure.

Strategic Significance and Urgency

Stakeholders underscored the strategic importance of the project for both nations and, significantly, for the entire African continent.

Emphasizing the urgency of completing the project, the discussions highlighted its role in addressing energy poverty in Africa.

The project is expected to contribute to the monetization of Nigeria’s gas resources, bolster NNPC Ltd.’s energy leadership in Africa, and foster economic and regional cooperation among African countries, as outlined by the NNPCL.