Morocco-Nigeria Gas Pipeline Project: ILF & DORIS picked up for phase II FEED Studies
The International consulting firms ILF and DORIS Engineering have been chosen to conduct phase II of the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) study of the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project, a key strategic undertaking for Africa’s energy development and sovereignty.
The onshore and offshore gas pipeline will cross the land and waters of 16 countries along the Atlantic coast, pumping Nigerian gas to the North African kingdom and further to Spain for the European market.
The pipeline will not only supply the local markets with reliable energy, it will also support industrial and economic development, create a competitive regional power market and benefit all West African countries and their economies.
The ILF and DORIS studies will focus on the onshore & offshore pipeline and compressor station engineering, the engineering surveys, the environmental & social impact assessment (ESIA) and land acquisition studies (LAS) and the project implementation framework. The project explores the potential for using renewable energy resources to power the pipeline and reduce the project’s carbon footprint.
When completed, the over 6,000 km-long gas pipeline will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world and the second longest pipeline ever. It has a planned diameter of 48″ offshore and 56″ onshore, with a planned throughput of 30BCMa.
The mega-project was announced during the visit King Mohammed VI paid to Abuja in December 2016. The following year, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) inked an agreement to carry FEED studies of this project, while the pipeline agreement was sealed in 2018 during the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Rabat.