Nigeria-Morroco Gas Pipeline: NNPC GMD Receives Morrocan Ambassador

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 07 – The Group Managing Director of the NIgerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari on Tuesday, received a delegation from the kingdom of Morroco led by the country’s ambassador, HE Moha Ou Ali Tagma and the Director-General of Morocco Office of Hydrocarbons & Mines (ONHYM), Amina Benkhadra.

The item at the top of the agenda was the proposed NIgerian-Morroco gas pipeline which is aimed at transporting gas from Nigeria through the Sahara and through Morroco to reach the Mediterranean. The 5,660km Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline facility will supply gas to at least 15 countries in West Africa,

FEED studies for the planned Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) started in early January 2019, with the selection of British engineering company Penspen. UK-based Penspen has been selected by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Morocco’s Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) to execute phase 1 of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for the planned NMGP.

The development follows up on the feasibility study completed by Penspen in July 2018 after the governments of Nigeria and Morocco agreed to build the 5,660km-long pipeline in December 2016. Following the recommendations of feasibility studies, it was decided that the NMGP route would follow a combined onshore/offshore route along the West African coast, for political, legal and security reasons.

Phase 1 of the FEED study will entail an in-depth evaluation of gas demand and supply mechanisms in the West African region, as well as negotiations with countries whose sovereign waters would be crossed by the pipeline. In total, 13 countries will be involved: Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania and Morocco.

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