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A delegation from OHHYM led by director general Amina Benkhadra, accompanied by His Majesty the Kings Ambassador to Nigeria, had talks with the chairman and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, which focused on the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project 

Both parties welcomed the good progress of the project and reaffirmed their desire to continue their exemplary collaboration for the realisation of this structuring and integrating project.

Benkhadra also took part in the meeting of the Gas Pipeline Steering Committee organised by ECOWAS. During this meeting, she on behalf of ONHYM and Mallam Mele Kyari, CEO of NNPC, proceeded to the signing of MoUs with Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Benin within the framework of the Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline Project.

These MoU, like the MoUs signed with ECOWAS on 15 September 2022 and those signed with Mauritania and Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ghana confirm the commitment of the Parties concerning the realisation of this strategic project which, once completed, will supply gas to all the countries of West Africa and will also allow a new export route to Europe.

This project will contribute to the development of Africa, improvement of the living conditions of the populations, to a greater integration of the economies of the sub-region and the African continent and will also make it possible to give Africa a new economic dimension – political and strategic.

This gas pipeline will run along the West African coast from Nigeria, passing through Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania to Morocco, and will be connected to the Maghreb Europe Gas Pipeline and the European gas network.

The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline will also supply gas to Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali.

The MoUs signed with all the member countries of ECOWAS and with Mauritania are also intended to merge the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project with the gas pipeline projects to serve the member countries of the community. 

During this meeting, participants also reviewed the legal, financial and institutional modalities and arrangements for the project.