Africa will benefit from the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project – Mele Kyari
The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project (NMGP) is a collaborative effort between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco. It was conceived during the visit of King Mohammed VI of Morocco to Nigeria in December 2016.
The Project aims to monetize Nigeria’s abundant natural gas resources, generating additional revenue for the country while also diversifying Nigeria’s gas export routes and eliminating gas flaring.
Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPC), stated on Thursday that the pipeline project will generate wealth and improve the standard of living in African countries.
He made the remarks during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Project. Agreements were between NNPC, ONHYM and ECOWAS; NNPC, ONHYM and SMH; and NNPC, ONHYM and PETROSEN. ONHYM is the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines of Morocco.
He stated at the event in Morocco that the gas pipeline project will also aid in the mitigation of desertification and other benefits that will accrue as a result of reduced carbon emissions.
He described the event as a critical milestone in the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project because it reaffirms stakeholders’ commitment to completing the project.
He explained that the NNPC is well-positioned to move the project forward by leveraging its experience and technical capabilities in gas production, processing, transmission, and marketing, as well as the country’s extensive experience in executing major gas infrastructure projects in Nigeria.
Kyari said from the project’s inception to this point, the Government of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco have made concerted efforts, resulting in the very commendable achievements recorded, and appreciated King Mohammed VI of Morocco and President Muhammadu Buhari for entrusting this strategic project to NNPC Ltd.
“As you are aware, our countries stand to benefit immeasurably from the execution of the project which extends beyond the supply of gas to energize the countries along the route. Some of the benefits include creation of wealth and improvement in 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 emission,” he said.
“On our part,” he added, NNPC Limited will facilitate the continuous supply of gas provide other enablers such as the required land for the first compressor station for the pipeline to be deployed in Nigeria which is among the thirteen stations earmarked along the pipeline route.”
The pipeline measures 48 inches by 5,300 kilometres (offshore from Barss Island in Nigeria to Dakhla in Morocco) and 56 inches by 1,700 kilometres (onshore from Dakhla in Morocco to MEP), with a total length of over 7,000 kilometres and thirteen compressor stations.
It will run from Barss Island in Nigeria to northern Morocco, where it will connect to the existing Maghreb European Pipeline (MEP), which runs from Algeria (via Morocco) to Spain.
Source: Energy Ghana