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Kingdom of Morocco and Nigeria signed a joint declaration in Rabat specifying steps to complete an agreement to extend a gas pipeline between Africa and Europe,during a visit by the Nigerian President to Morocco,according to Morocco News Agency.


Malam Kairi, managing director of the oil group, revealed, while receiving the ambassador of Morocco in Nigeria, that the Nigerian National Oil Corporation and Morocco will soon sign a bilateral agreement about the huge gas pipeline project.



Regarding the development in the implementation of the Moroccan-Nigerian gas pipeline project, MalamKairi explained that the Nigerian National Oil Company had agreed to the terms of the memorandum of understanding and was committed to activating them on time. The same official added, that there is coordination between the two governments and they will make sure of the progress of the gas pipeline project.


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, on the words of the Director General of the administration Group, reiterated his keenness to strengthen his country's foreign relations and expand cooperation between African countries, especially at the level of the economic corridors of the African continent.


The head of the Nigerian group affirmed, according to Nigerian media, that “the great project between the two countries will be very important to create job opportunities and make economic prosperity. This would give to achieving peace and stability throughout the African continent.

The speaker described the Moroccan-Nigerian relations as “historical”, dating back a thousand years, stressing that “the two countries will continue to work together to increase the harnessing of the huge gas resources in Nigeria.”


The same source concluded that “Nigeria has billions of untapped gas resources, and bilateral cooperation with Morocco on the gas pipeline will strengthen the economies of all countries in West Africa in addition to Morocco.”>


Amina Benkhadra, Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals, had revealed that the gas pipeline project that will connect Morocco with Nigeria has reached advanced stages, indicating that the first phase related to the feasibility study has been completed in March 2019, and then the second phase, which is mainly related to the study, has begun. Audited for the project.


It is worth noting that the gas pipeline project between Morocco and Nigeria was approved during a visit by the King Mohammad VI to Nigeria in December 2016, and it is one of the strategic projects announced by the Kingdom for take part to the energy integration of Africa, supervised by the Nigerian National Oil Company. And the National Hydrocarbon Office in Morocco.


This line, extending 5,660 kilometers, will to start from Nigeria, then Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Liberia, passing through Sierra Leon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal, and then Mauritania, reaching Morocco, the last stop before extending to Europe.