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Morocco, Nigeria agree to press on with pipeline plan

Gasoil News - Published on Wed, 13 Jun 2018

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AFP reported that Morocco and Nigeria have agreed on a cooperation plan to press on with a proposed pipeline transporting gas to the North African kingdom along the Atlantic coast. King Mohammed VI and President Muhammadu Buhari oversaw the signing of the accord in Rabat detailing the way forward for the mega-project first agreed in 2016, Morocco's MAP news agency reported.

The two countries are looking to build an extension to Morocco of a pipeline that has been pumping gas from resource-rich southern Nigeria to Benin, Togo and Ghana since 2010.

A statement said that "For economic, political, legal and security reasons, the choice was made for a combined onshore/offshore route."

The statement said that the proposed pipeline, to be built in several phases, "will measure some 5,660 kilometres (3,500 miles)" and "respond to the growing needs of the transit countries and Europe over the next 25 years."

It said that the next step will be to sound out countries around the region and customers in Europe and to talk to international lenders about funding the project.

Plans for a pipeline to take Nigeria's vast gas resources to North Africa have long been mooted.

Algeria held talks with Nigeria as far back as 2002 for a similar pipeline crossing the Sahel region, but ultimately the Algerian government was unable to finance the project

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 13 Jun 2018
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