Nigeria and Morocco are planning to build an underwater natural gas pipeline, enabling African countries to help the EU wean itself off politically dependent Russian energy supplies, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said in a press release on Sept. 17.
The corresponding memorandum was signed by National Nigerian Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), Moroccan Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), and ECOWAS Energy Commissioner.
The proposed pipeline would connect the Nigerian and Moroccan gas networks, enabling Nigeria to supple both Europe and West Africa with its natural gas.
The project involves 16 African countries and would stretch for 6,000 kilometers along the continent’s Atlantic coast, ensuring energy supplies to land-locked Niger, Burkina-Faso, and Mali.
Nigeria has the highest knows natural gas reserves of all on the continent:at least 5.8 trillion cubic meters, and potentially up to 17 trillion. The country has already emerged as a major supplier of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG).