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Morocco and Nigeria Sign Joint Declaration on Pipeline

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Morocco and Nigeria signed a joint declaration in Rabat on June 10, that lays out the next steps for the completion of a gas pipeline deal, according to Moroccan state news agency MAP.

The two countries agreed to the pipeline in December 2016 and launched feasibility studies ending with a plan to build the pipeline onshore and offshore, it said.

“For economic, political, legal and security reasons, the choice was made on a combined onshore and offshore route,” Morocco’s ONHYM and Nigeria’s NNPC, the two authorities supervising the project said in the joint declaration. “The pipeline will be 5,660 kms long and its CAPEX has been defined.”

The declaration went on to say that construction on the pipeline would take place in phases.

The next step toward bringing the pipeline to fruition has Morocco and Nigeria launching the FEED to involve countries that will be crossed by the pipeline in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and to determine the amount of gas available for export to European off-takers.