Nigeria to Now Partner ECOWAS on Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline

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Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd to partner with ECOWAS in the famed Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline.

The project is planned to become world’s longest offshore pipeline and second-longest pipeline in the world to carry gas from Nigeria to Morocco, running across 11 West African countries, to Spain.

The pipeline would connect Nigerian gas to every coastal country in West Africa (Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania), ending at Tangiers, Morocco, and Cádiz, Spain.

At inception in 2018, the partnership was between Nigeria, represented by the NNPC, and Morocco’s National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM).

Rising from the federal executive council (FEC) meeting yesterday, minister of state, petroleum resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, told newsmen that the project was still at the point of the front-end engineering design after which the cost would be determined.

“The ministry of petroleum resources presented three memos to Council. The first memo, Council approved for the NNPC Ltd to execute MoU with ECOWAS for the construction of the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline.

“This gas pipeline is to take gas to 15 West African countries and to Morocco and through Morocco to Spain and Europe,’’ he said.

Sylva said the council, chaired by vice president Yemi Osinbajo, also approved the construction of a switchgear room and installation of power distribution cables and equipment for the Nigeria oil and gas park in Ogbia, Bayelsa, in the sum of N3.8billion.

The park is designed to support local manufacturing of components for the oil and gas industry.

Other projects approved by FEC include various contracts for the construction of an access road with bridges to the Brass Petroleum Product Deport in Inibomoyekiri in Brass local government in the sum of N11billion plus 7.5% VAT.

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