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“Today we will go through a very important stage, because it confirms the support of the 14 African countries for the project,” said Thursday Amina Benkhadra, general director of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals, after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Community Economy of the West African States, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco.
Speaking to the media, Benkhadra added: “Since the beginning of the studies, the West African Economic Community contributed to the monitoring of the project, but today, with the signing of the agreement, they confirm that they will contribute to all the last stages of implementation, which will allow the success of the project, which will give Africa a better position in the region and will help to link it with the European continent.” “.
The agreement was signed by ECOWAS representative Sidiko Duka, Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitalization, Mille Kolo Kyari, CEO of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, and Amina Benkhadra, Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals.
Benkhadra added: “The Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project is a strategic project of great importance, because it will contribute to the region’s development and access to electricity and sustainable energy, and will help develop the economy and the economic climate. the region”, highlighting that the project “will help all the countries that are going to pass, including the gas pipeline, in the development of their mining and industrial capacities”.
According to a joint statement issued after the signing of the memorandum of understanding, “The gas pipeline will be installed along the West African coast, starting in Nigeria and passing through Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea , Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania to Morocco, and will connect to the Maghreb gas pipeline, the European Union and the European Gas Network.
This infrastructure will also allow the supply of Nigerian gas to the landlocked countries of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali, 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 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.