President Muhammadu Buhari and King Mohammed VI of Morocco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP).
The regional gas pipeline will see Nigeria providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe.
The feasibility study of the agreement on the pipeline, which was signed by the group general manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Farouq Said Garba, and Amina Benkhadra, director general of the National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines, will be concluded next month.
The construction of the pipeline will be phased and based on increasing needs of the countries crossed, and Europe, for the period of 25 years. Read more: World Bank provides funding for Morocco’s Noor-Midelt complex
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The NMGP, designed to be 5,660km long, is envisaged to reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country, while cutting down poverty through the creation of more job opportunities.
"In Nigeria, we have a very young and aggressive population and we are working very hard to create the enabling and inclusive environment for their contributions to be better appreciated," said Buhari.
The NMGP will further encourage utilisation of gas in the sub-region for cooking, and discourage desertification.
Senior special assistant on media and publicity in the office of the Nigerian government, Garba Shehu, said the signing of the agreement followed a meeting between the two African leaders that focused on strengthening economic relations in gas resource development, global investments and agricultural training and management.