ECOWAS materializes support for Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline

ECOWAS materializes support for Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline

ECOWAS has brought its support for the Morocco-gas pipeline with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to speed up the achievement of this structural project that will help meet West Africa’s energy needs and offer an infrastructure for exporting West African gas.

The memorandum of understanding was signed in Rabat this Thursday by head of Morocco’s hydrocarbons and mines agency (ONHYM), CEO of Nigeria’s National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the ECOWAS.

Speaking at the event, ONHYM head Amina Benkhadra said the project is tailored to benefit coastal West African countries as well as landlocked countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

“The Islamic development bank has agreed to finance the project and brought OPEC funding on board,” she said.

The pipeline will reduce gas flaring and curb desertification, she said, adding that the current deal with the ECOWAS confirms the commitment of all the regional grouping’s member countries.

Echoing her, head of NNPC Mele Kayri said the project is the fruit of the vision of King Mohammed VI and President Buhari who both agreed to launch this structural project in 2016.

A final investment decision for the project is expected to be made in 2023, Reuters quoted Kayri as saying.

Countries of West Africa are “focused on delivering this project,” he said.

ECOWAS energy, infrastructure and digitalization Sediko Douka said the project comes at the right time to meet the region’s energy challenges.

He mentioned in particular the project’s consistency with ECOWAS efforts to boost electrification adding that his organization “will spare no effort for its completion.”

Once completed, the pipeline will have a beneficial impact on the lives of 400 million people in the region through ensuring steady access to gas for power.

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