Nigeria has given the green light to the Nigerian National Oil Corporation to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS, thus giving a new impetus to the Nigerian gas pipeline extension project Africa to Europe.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Abuja while submitting the request for approval, Minister of State for Petroleum, Timber Silva said Nigeria and Morocco signed a joint project in 2016 to expand the pipeline that will carry gas to 15 West African countries and via Morocco to Spain. and Europa.

“We are still at the beginning of the technical design, after which the cost and financing of the pipeline will be determined,” Silva added, without mentioning the duration of the project.

The French newspaper “Le Figaro” had previously described the 7,000 kilometer gas pipeline project between Nigeria and Morocco as an unattainable dream.

Le Figaro said in a report entitled “In what diplomatic game has Morocco been involved” that Rabat is trying to compete with Algeria for its position as a major gas hub for Europe in light of the Russian invasion. from Ukraine.

The French newspaper quoted gas experts who said Rabat would remain only a theoretical gas competitor to Algeria.

Nigeria had announced the start of work on the AKK gas pipeline project – which is linked to gas pipeline projects in Algeria – and its start in the first quarter of 2023, instead of the current year 2022.

The project includes the construction of a gas pipeline of more than 4,000 km, extending from Nigeria to Europe, passing through Algeria and Niger, to transport a large quantity of Nigerian gas to the old continent.

The project aims to transport 30 billion cubic meters of Nigerian gas annually to Europe, with an estimated project cost of around $20 billion.

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