The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has authorized the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to enter into an agreement with ECOWAS for the construction of the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline.
Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, addressed State House press on Wednesday after the FEC meeting at the Presidential Villa which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Sylva stated that the project was still in the early stages of engineering design, and that the cost will be established later.
The pipeline would go through 15 West African nations before reaching Morocco and Spain.
“The Ministry of Petroleum Resources presented three memos to Council.
“The first memo, Council approved for the NNPC Ltd to execute MoU with ECOWAS for the construction of the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline.
“This gas pipeline is to take gas to 15 West African countries and to Morocco and through Morocco to Spain and Europe,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline was proposed in a December 2016 agreement between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Moroccan Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (National Board of Hydrocarbons and Mines) (ONHYM).
The pipeline would connect Nigerian gas to every coastal country in West Africa (Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania), ending at Tangiers, Morocco, and Cádiz, Spain.