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Nigeria-Morocco Pipeline FEED in the Works

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The planned Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline is moving forward. According to Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwe, the first phase of the FEED for the pipeline project will be completed by the end of Q1.

The FEED signals the implementation of one of the three economic cooperation agreements signed in Rabat, by leaders of both countries last year.

One of the major deals agreed on was the extension of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) from its source in Nigeria to Morocco and Europe, providing gas through the regional pipeline to other countries in West Africa as well.

Both countries expect to complete the project in phases over a period of 25 years. This is similar to development of the WAGP, which was originally proposed in 1982 but not developed fully for a couple of decades.

“The pipeline will help in the industrialization of these countries and also meet the needs of consumers for heating and other uses. We see gas as a fuel to take Africa to the next level,” Kachikwu said.

NNPC chief, Maikanti Baru, said the gas pipeline will traverse at least 15 West African countries and connect to the existing Europe gas pipeline. According to him, the feasibility study of the gas pipeline has been concluded and the pre-FID (final investment decision) Greenfield optimization study is currently ongoing.

The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP), designed to be 5,660 km long, will reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country.