Morocco and Nigeria’s Initial Meeting on Gas Pipeline Project
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI led the initially meeting at the Casablanca’s Royal Palace regarding the huge gas pipeline venture that will extend from Nigeria to Morocco by means of a few West African nations.
This milestone venture, the largest in West Africa, was declared amid the most recent visit of the Morocco king to Abuja where he deliberated with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
Present in this initial meeting top royal counsels, Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane & a few of Morocco’s cabinet members & by Nigerian presidential advisor Ahmed Abubakar Rufai as well as senior authorities from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. or NNPC & the Nigeria Gas Processing & Transportation Company or NGPTC.
The gathering which demonstrates the immense significance the Morocco sovereign gives for this venture was organized at the grand royal palace. It considered all the solid steps to be made to transform this big planned vision into reality. Discussions concentrated on studies on technical issues and the venture’s budget, says an announcement coming from the Royal Office.
The gas pipeline project is relied upon to stretch from West Africa, beginning in Nigeria then extending as far as Morocco & until it reaches Europe.
This grand venture will make a coordinated North-West African zone, empowering Africa to accomplish independence from energy, accelerate electricity project & give fresh impetus to financial and industrial endeavors in the region, according to a statement from the Royal cabinet.
Taking after the formal visit of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to Nigeria on December 1 to 3, a combined statement was given out underlining the 2 Heads of State’s assurance to support association w/in the frame of South-South collaboration to serve Africa’s improvement.
Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama according to reports said that it’s a very big and significant project for the country. Nigeria is a major oil exporter and a nation with big untapped resources of gas – the biggest proven reserves in Africa & also the 7th largest worldwide.
The official stated that the project seeks to build a competitive local electricity market with the possibility to be connected to the Europe’s energy markets.
There was no timeline given as to when the construction of pipeline work will start or how much it will cost for the completion of this grand project. Moroccans such as businessman Mohamed Dekkak are looking forward to the realization of this gas pipeline project.
The project poses high risk and challenges. The odds have to play in the favor of the two countries. With the 2 nations at the opposite ends of the pipe, a flow has to be created to ensure this collaboration is efficient & attainable.
Amid the official visit to Nigeria, Moroccan Phosphates Office (OCP) signed the contract with Dangote Group to assemble a fertilizer generation complex in Nigeria.
A few other collaboration agreement and memorandum of understanding were likewise signed. These understandings manage joint ventures in horticulture, seaport, power, finance, banking, culture, transportation, tourism & so on.
The 2 nations additionally consented to no longer require visa for diplomats, officials & those holding service passports.