Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline: an intergovernmental agreement planned for the end of 2024

Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline: an intergovernmental agreement planned for the end of 2024
Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline: an intergovernmental agreement planned for the end of 2024

The project for a gas pipeline linking Nigeria to Morocco, carrying a royal vision for the Atlantic, and which constitutes an opportunity for the energy, economic and social transformation of a large part of Africa, is progressing with certainty.

This is the main conclusion of the third edition of the annual MD Sahara Forum, recently organized in Rabat, and of which The Economist reports, this Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

Questioned by the daily, Imane Mansourine, director of development and production at Onhym, first recalled that this infrastructure, a pipeline with a length of approximately 7,000 km, will make it possible to connect thirteen coastal countries. on the Atlantic coast and three others, landlocked inland: Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.

On a technical level, the pre-feasibility, design and detailed engineering studies were finalized at the beginning of this year 2024, indicates The Economistwhich specifies that the cost of the project could therefore be evaluated: it is “estimated at $25 billion“.

Concerning the legal aspect, “the intergovernmental agreement, the signature of which is planned for the end of 2024”, is finalized, explains the daily, which specifies that this will make it possible to constitute a “legal framework [pour] this project, and must bring together all host countries, sponsors and ECOWAS Member States“.

According to The EconomistThe completion of this project will take place in four phases (abbreviated by “Ph”). The Ph 1A which will connect Ghana to Ivory Coast, the Ph 1B connecting Senegal to Morocco, the Ph 2 joining Nigeria to Ghana, and the Ph 3 which will connect Ivory Coast to Senegal“.

This approach will make it possible to effectively manage each phase, in terms of financing, techniques and supplies. The two segments Ph 1A and Ph 1B will be simultaneously launched and completed, the others will follow.

The final investment decision is planned for the beginning of 2025, and the dates of the first gas jets, for the first phases (Ph 1A and Ph 1B), are expected at the end of 2028 and the beginning of 2029.

This mega-project will make it possible to exploit enormous natural resources available to the countries of this region, with proven and interconnected natural gas reserves, estimated at 8,800 billion cubic meters, which will improve GDP. of most of these countries, which have a total population of nearly 400 million inhabitants, explains the daily.

With a capacity of 30 billion cubic meters per year, the gas pipeline will also strengthen security and energy autonomy by supplying natural gas to West African countries, Morocco and the European market. This new situation will therefore allow “to accelerate electrification, and therefore promote the development of industrial activities and job creation», further indicates The Economist.

By Lamia Elouali

05/14/2024 at 8:54 p.m.

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