The Federal Government of Nigeria has signed a memorandum of understanding with Morocco to commence the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project which will cut across 13 African countries.
Signing the agreement on behalf of Nigeria at a ceremony held in Rabat Morocco, the Group Chief Executive Officer GCEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited, Mallam Mele Kyari described the development as a very significant milestone, of which the NNPC is well positioned to execute the project by leveraging on its experience and technical capabilities which ranges from gas production, gas processing, gas transmission and marketing as well as its vast experience in executing major gas infrastructural projects.
Mele Kyari further expressed his appreciation to the government of both Nigeria and Morocco, stated that both countries stand to benefit a lot from the execution of the project which extends beyond the supply of gas to energize both countries along the route.
“Some of the benefits include creation of wealth and improvement in the standard of living, integration of the economies within the region, mitigation against desertification and other benefits that will accrue as a result of reduction in carbon emissions” Kyari said.
He added that the NNPC ltd. will facilitate the continous supply of gas and provide other enablers such as the required land for the first compressor station for the pipelines to be deployed in Nigeria.
The MOU was signed between the two countries and the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)
The NMGP project is an initiative of Federal Government of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco which was conceived during the visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to Nigeria in 2016.
It is aimed at monetizing Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources thereby generating additional revenue for the country.
The 5,600km gas pipeline will originate from Brass Island in Nigeria and transverse 13 African countries and terminate at North of Morocco where it will be connected to the existing Maghreb European Pipeline (MEP).