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Morocco, Nigeria plan for a trans-African gas pipeline

The Regional Energy Cooperation Summit was held in Abidjan from 26-27 January with the theme: “Promoting cross-border co-operation and regional integration.” Organised by EnergyNet, in collaboration with ECOWAS and its Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) along with the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), the summit aimed to connect government representatives with private sector investors and experts, and to identify opportunities for regional cooperation between West African countries. An ambitious flagship project, the long-awaited construction of a trans-African gas pipeline connecting Nigeria via Morocco to Europe, might finally advance. The project was officially announced in December 2016 during a visit of King Mohammed VI to Nigeria. The 4 000 km pipeline will run along the Gulf of Guinea countries and will help create industrial hubs, and thereby will also boost regional economic integration beyond the energy sector. The precise set-up and location have not yet been identified. “Morocco and Nigeria are eager to work with all countries in West Africa to ensure their economies and people benefit from the project,” indicates a memorandum of understanding between Morocco and Nigeria. The idea of a trans-Saharan gas pipeline was already proposed in the 1970s with a goal of diversifying Europe’s gas resources. An intergovernmental agreement, signed in 2009 between NNPC (Nigeria) and Sonatrach (Algeria), intended to connect Nigeria to Algeria via Niger. However, there has been little progress on this project. Find out +