The news that the Nigerian government and Morocco are planning to build the world’s longest offshore pipeline and second-longest pipeline in the world to carry gas from Nigeria to Morocco was first broken back in May of this year.
A media aide to the president, Tolu Ogunlesi disclosed it via his official twitter handle. He said: “Nigeria (@NNPCgroup) and Morocco (#ONHYM) are teaming together to build the longest offshore pipeline in the world and second-longest pipeline in the world.
“It will carry gas from Nigeria to Morocco (and Europe), running across 11 West African countries. The agreement for the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline was originally signed by the two countries when President @MBuhari paid a state visit to Morocco in June 2018.”
The deal seems to have finally come to fruition as the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) and the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines of Morocco (ONHYM), yesterday, penned a deal that kicked off the world’s longest offshore gas pipeline.
Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPCL, Mallam Mele Kyari, speaking on the occasion in Morocco, said the pipeline project would create wealth and improve the standard of living of countries within the African continent. Kyari said the gas pipeline project would also help in the mitigation of desertification, describing the event as a very important milestone in the project as it reaffirms the commitment of stakeholders to deliver.
The NNPCL boss explained that the company was well positioned to move forward with the project by leveraging on its experience and technical capabilities, ranging from gas production, processing, transmission and marketing as well as in executing major gas infrastructure projects in Nigeria.
From inception of the project to the current stage, Kyari said concerted efforts had been made by the government of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco, which led to the achievements recorded. He expressed appreciation to King Mohammed VI of Morocco and President Muhammadu Buhari for entrusting NNPCL with what he described as the “strategic project”
The pipeline is a 48-inch X 5,300 km (offshore from Brass Island-Nigeria to DakhlaMorocco) and 56 X 1,700 km (onshore from Dakhla-Morocco to Maghreb European (MEP) pipeline, with a total length of over 7,000 Km and about 13 compressor stations.
The pipeline will originate from Brass Island (Nigeria) and terminate north of Morocco, where it will be connected to the existing MEP that originates from Algeria, via Morocco to Spain.