Nigeria seeks commitment of ECOWAS in 7000km Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project

Samuel Agbelusi

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited, NNPCL has reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment  provide gas to the West African countries through the Kingdom of Morocco and subsequently to Europe via the 7000km Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline Project (NMGP).

Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPCLimited, made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to the office of  His Excellency(H.E) Dr Omar A. Touray, President Of the ECOWAS Commission office on Tuesday.

Kyari stated that visit was in preparation of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NNPCLimited, Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) of Morocco and the ECOWAS Commission, scheduled to hold on 15 September, 2022 in Rabat, Morocco.

During the visit, EnergyDay gathered that the NNPCLimited and 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.

Once completed, the project will supply about 3 Billion Standard Cubic Feet per day (bscfd) of gas along the West African Coast from Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Côte d’ Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania to Morocco.

Also, the NNPCLimited and ONHYM will also sign two MoUs with Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures (SMH) of Mauritania and Petrosen of Senegal, both of whom are expected to participate in the project.

NNPCL noted that other benefits of the NMGP Project include improving the living standards of people, integration of the economies within the Sub-region & mitigating against desertification through sustainable & reliable gas supply.

EnergyDay recalled that the wider Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project (NMGP), estimated to cost $25billion is expected to link Nigeria with Morocco, crossing eleven(11) African countries and extending to Europe.

The NMGP will have the capacity to transport approximately 5,400 billion cubic metres of gas annually to Morocco.