Ekperikpe Ekpo, Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, stated that the construction of the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project, which will connect Africa to the European market, is expected to start in 2024.
Minister Ekpo hosted Morocco’s Ambassador to Abuja, Moha Tagma, at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources building in the capital Abuja.
During the meeting, the two discussed about cooperation and determination towards the completion of the Trans-Atlantic pipeline project and other joint projects.
Ekpo stated that the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project will increase the monetization of natural gas resources of the African countries which the pipeline passes and will also offer a new alternative export route to Europe. Noting that the construction of the project is expected to start in 2024, Ekpo stated that Nigeria is ready and interested in the project.
Ambassador Tagma said that the purpose of this project is not only to transport gas, but also to provide opportunities for the development of the countries which the pipeline passes through.
With the natural gas pipeline construction agreement signed between Morocco and Nigeria in 2018, it is aimed to provide the natural gas needs of West African and European countries, especially Morocco, and to develop African countries in the field of industry.
The pipeline, which will be approximately 5,600 kilometers long, will start from Nigeria, pass through Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania and end in Morocco.