The gas pipeline project between Morocco and Nigeria is officially being rolled out. The Nigerian government authorities have announced the launch of the first phase of the first design and engineering, which is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
The project, which is expected to cost between $ 15 and $ 20 billion in large media records after Algeria was upset, especially since it was seeking since 2002 to win the Nigerian gas deal, but the announcement by Nigerian government authorities to start the first phase of the project, Towards this “Moroccan diplomatic victory”.
“The scope of the first phase of the engineering and front-end design of the gas pipeline between Nigeria and Morocco is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019,” said Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources. “At the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) Abuja that the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline (NMGP), designed to be a length of 5660 km will reduce the burning of gas in Nigeria and encourages the diversification of energy sources in the country.”
“The feasibility study for NGMP was completed last July,” the Nigerian minister said in a statement. In June 2018, Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco signed agreements to extend the regional gas pipeline, which will bring Nigeria gas to countries in West Africa sub-region to Morocco and Europe.
Kachikwu, who also chairs the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO), said earlier that the organization “is seeking to mobilize about $ 2 billion in resources to develop a funding body to finance energy sectors in the region.” It consists of 18 oil-producing countries, accounting for about 95 per cent of Africa’s oil production and at least 13 per cent of world production.
Penspen, the UK’s leading engineering and management services company, announced that it has received a contract from the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals (ONHYM) and the National Petroleum Corporation of Nigeria (NNPC) to carry out the initial design and engineering phase of this promising pipeline, 5700 km.
The Kingdom of Morocco and Nigeria have officially launched the feasibility study of a giant gas pipeline project, estimated to be about 4,000 km long, that crosses 12 countries with a population of 300 million before reaching European markets.
The project will enable to link the two countries to the European market, encourage the emergence of an integrated North African region, and “enable the region to achieve energy independence, accelerate the completion of electrification projects for the benefit of the population and develop important economic and industrial activities.”