Australian firm clinches Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline contract award

Olubunmi Martins

The Worley Group, an Australian engineering firm, has been awarded the contract to provide main front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project.

The company made this known in a statement obtained by EnergyDay on Thursday. The company claimed that the project is progressing in accordance with the initial project planning expectations.

EnergyDay gathered that the ambitious 7000km long gas pipeline will traverse 13 member countries of the West African region to the European market, originating from Nigeria en route to Morocco.

Morocco and Nigeria are the key sponsors of the project, estimated to cost USD 25 billion with a construction time frame spread over a 25-year forward plan projection.

The contract value of the front-end engineering design (FEED) was not disclosed by the Worley Group to EnergyDay as at the time of filing this report.

The Company said, “The overall FEED services will be managed by Intecsea BV, our offshore engineering consultancy business in the Hague, the Netherlands.

“This includes the development of the project implementation framework and supervision of the engineering survey,” the Worley Group said.

In his remark, Ping Liu, Managing Director of Intecsea BV, said that “Being part of a project that not only looks towards sustainability, but also contributes to boosting the regional economy and supports the development of local communities is an incredible opportunity.”

“The NMGP is a project that reflects our purpose of delivering a more sustainable world. We look forward to working with Morocco and Nigeria as we journey into a new chapter for West Africa. ”

Nigeria’s ambition is to unlock 600 trillion cubic feet of gas within this decade and plans to raise the required volume of gas to feed into the pipeline from its offshore gas assets, thus sidetracking its volatile Niger Delta but prolic region.

EnergyDay gathered that those doubts and apprehensions previously expressed in the past over the viability of this ambitious program are no longer valid because of the raging war between Russia and Ukraine.

It was revealed that Europe is the primary beneficiary of this project and the early success of this pipeline will unhook the European market from its dependence on Russia.

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