ECOWAS reckons Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline as a regional unifier
…Pipeline aims to supply gas to 15 countries
A top official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has described the proposed Nigeria/Morocco gas pipeline is a unifying trans-regional project, which will contribute to achieving the objectives of the organization. The project, set to be 5,660 kilometres of pipeline aims to supply 15 countries in West Africa.
Morocco’s National Office for Hydrocarbons and Mining (ONHYM) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) shared aspects of the progress of the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project with the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) early this week at a meeting hosted by the NNPC in Abuja
The meeting was an opportunity for Morocco and Nigeria to present their gas pipeline project and to examine methods of cooperation between ECOWAS, NPPC, and ONHYM. The cooperation seeks to discuss means to implement the project.
Director-general of ONHYM, Amina Benkhadra, participated in the meeting along with experts from ECOWAS and NPPC representatives. The director of Energy and Mining of ECOWAS, Mr Douka Sediko, welcomed the Moroccan-Nigerian gas pipeline initiative which will link the two countries and serve several others in West Africa.
Representatives of NNPC, ONHYM, and ECOWAS also heard a presentation on the main findings of the study on the gas project led by an international consulting firm. The meeting was concluded with the possibility of signing a Memorandum of Understanding between NNPC, ONHYM, and ECOWAS on the particulars of the cooperation.
In addition to ECOWAS, Morocco also met with international experts to review the progress of the gas pipeline who expect it to be delivered in “record time.” ECOWAS’s satisfaction with the project could be a positive sign for Morocco in terms of the sub-regional body of West African states. The North African country is still waiting for a response regarding its bid to join the organization.
Morocco’s ECOWAS bid is an extension of its strong belief in investing in intra-African exchanges and cooperative development projects. Morocco’s ECOWAS aspirations came in the immediate aftermath of Morocco’s African turn, when it officially returned to the African Union in January 2017. Morocco formally applied to join ECOWAS on February 24, 2017.
In June 2017 in Liberia, the 15 leaders of ECOWAS agreed in principle to Morocco’s membership request, dubbing it “receivable” in the framework of the sub-regional body’s charter.