RABAT-- king Mohammed VI of Morocco and the visiting Nigerian head of State, President Muhammadu Buhari chaired a ceremony here Sunday for the signing ceremony of three bilateral co-operation agreements, including one covering the first phase of the strategic project of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline.
At the ceremony, Farouk Garba Said, the General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and Amina Benkhadra, the Director-General of the Moroccan Office for Hydrocarbons and Mining, highlighted the content of the Morocco-Nigeria joint declaration on the implementation of the next phase of the Regional Gas Pipeline strategic project connecting gas resources from Nigeria to West African countries and Morocco.
They pointed out that the project was conceived during the State visit of King Mohammed VI to Nigeria in December 2016, noting that a gas pipeline cooperation agreement was signed in Rabat on May 15, 2017, which commits both parties, the NNPC and the ONHYM, to jointly fund a feasibility study on the Nigeria-Morocco Pipeline Project.
They noted that several routes were evaluated -- an offshore route, an onshore route along the coast, and a mixed route. For "economic, political, legal and security reasons, the choice was made on a combined onshore/offshore route, they added
"The pipeline is approximately 5,660 kilometrreslong and its capital expenditure has been evaluated," they said, noting that construction will be phased and meet the growing needs of the countries and Europe over the next 25 years.
Farouk Garba and Amina Benkhadra also stressed that the two Heads of State had insisted on the need to take into account the ecological and environmental dimensions in the various stages of the project which will give Africa a new economic, political and strategic dimension and place Morocco and Nigeria as two leaders of South-South Co-operation at the level of the African continent.
Given its strategic importance and benefits, not only for Nigeria and Morocco, but also for the countries traversed by the pipeline, the NNPC and ONHYM confirm their joint commitment to carry out this project, they said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK