Nigerian govt, Morocco meet over proposed gas pipeline

The Federal Government, the government of Morocco and international oil companies on Wednesday met in Abuja over the construction of the proposed Gas pipeline running from Morocco to Nigeria.

The project, Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP), had earlier been agreed upon by leaders of the two countries, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and King Hassan VI of Morocco.

Representing the Nigerian government, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the meeting was to discuss modalities for the construction of the pipeline.

It stated that at the moment, both countries were planning to extend the pipeline that had been pumping gas from Nigeria to Benin, Togo and Ghana since 2010 to Morocco.

NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, described the project as strategic for the country, adding that the project would provide market for Nigerian gas.

He was quoted in a statement as saying, “We have a lot of stranded gas particularly in the deep water that we need to put on the table.

“This project will enable us have more gas in our domestic gas so that we can improve power supply and gas to industry.”


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