Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

Morocco announced that the pipeline, which will connect West African gas producers Mauritania and Senegal to Morocco, will represent the first phase in a larger link project between the Kingdom and Nigeria.

This came in a speech delivered by the Moroccan Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, to members of Parliament, in which she said: “The first stage will be Senegal, Mauritania and Morocco.”

She explained, “Most of the feasibility studies and engineering design studies have been completed and we have worked on determining the optimal route for the pipeline. What remains is to continue the evaluation and field studies and study the environmental and social impact.”

Morocco and Nigeria agreed in 2016 to extend the pipeline with the aim of enhancing regional integration and energy security and providing a route to export African gas to Europe.

The project, supported by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is expected to cost about $25 billion and have a capacity of 30 billion cubic meters annually.

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