Morocco, Nigeria and the West African Group of States sign an agreement to establish a gas pipeline

In a new step towards the implementation of the gas pipeline project between Morocco and Nigeria, this morning, Thursday, a memorandum of understanding between the Economic Community of West African States, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco was signed in Rabat .

The agreement was signed by ECOWAS representative Sidiko Duka, Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitalization, Mele Kolo Kyari, CEO of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, and Amina Benkhadra, Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals.

According to a joint statement, “the memorandum of understanding is an affirmation of the commitment of the Economic Community of West African States, to contribute to the activation of this important project that, once completed, will supply gas to all West African countries. , and will also constitute a new transit center for export to Europe”.

The three signatories of the agreement said: “The pipeline will be installed along the West African coast, starting from Nigeria and passing through Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania to Morocco, and will connect with the European Maghreb Gas Pipeline and the European gas network”.

This infrastructure will also allow the landlocked countries of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali to be supplied with Nigerian gas, added the source, who stressed that “the strategic project will contribute to improving the standard of living of the population, integrating the economies of the region.” . in addition to alleviating the severity of desertification thanks to the sustainable and reliable supply of gas”.

The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project was launched in 2016 in Abuja under the presidency of King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. This is a huge project to transport Nigerian gas to several countries in West Africa and then to Morocco, and through the Kingdom, to Spain and Europe.