The Nigeria-Morocco Gas pipeline project kicked off Thursday, after the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC, Limited (NNPCLimited), Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) of Morocco and the Economic Commission of West Africa States (ECOWAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Rabat Morocco.
The signing ceremony took place in Rabat, Morocco. And it is coming after the Group Chief Executive Officer, GCEO, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari paid a courtesy call on the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Touray in Abuja on Tuesday.
The full details of the signing ceremony are yet to be made public by NNPC, but a statement released by the company stated that both NNPC and ONHYN will also sign MOUs with Mauritania and Senegal national oil companies. Both countries will participate in the Nigeria-Morocco Gas pipeline project which is the trans-Sahara gas pipeline project.
Recall in August 2017, NNPC and ONHYN began a feasibility study for the pipeline project. It is estimated to cost $25 billion dollars.
When completed, the over 7,000 km long Nigeria-Morocco Gas project pipeline, ” being promoted by Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) of Morocco and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of Nigeria, will link Nigeria with Morocco, cross 11 west African countries and extend to Europe”.
It will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world and the second longest pipeline overall. The NMGP pipeline, according to the official record, ” is expected to traverse 13 countries, and will help to boost local industries and economies by delivering a reliable and sustainable energy source”.
It will also support industrial development and create employment opportunities.
Additionally, the pipeline will provide a new avenue for countries along the route to export their gas to their neighbouring countries and Europe.