The Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline Project, which is set to begin construction in 2024, will be a catalyst for significant social impact and sustainable development across the African continent.
During a bilateral meeting with a Moroccan envoy, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, highlighted the project's potential.
The pipeline, which runs through Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, and other countries, aims to boost local economies and foster cooperation among participating nations.
The ambitious project, which began in 2016, aims to export gas to Europe while also providing an opportunity to affect positive change along the corridor.
Ekpo emphasised Nigeria's keen interest, predicting that the project will be completed by 2024. The pipeline's expansion and emphasis on natural gas use align with the global conversation about climate change, with an emphasis on low-carbon emission solutions.
Aside from petrol transportation, the project includes the development of a fertiliser plant, which will bring economic growth to the region.
Morocco's Ambassador, Moha Ou Ali Tagma, discussed the economic and technical studies that are being conducted, with construction potentially beginning in 2024. Tagma emphasised that the project's goal is to provide opportunities for energy supply and development in addition to transporting gas.
The social impact is further emphasised by Morocco's OCP Group, the world's largest fertiliser exporter, establishing plants in various Nigerian states.
The construction of a $1.5 billion fertiliser plant in Akwa Ibom is set to begin in December, and the project is expected to spur investment, create jobs, and contribute to the participating countries' sustainable development goals.
Beyond economic benefits, the initiative has the potential to foster regional cooperation, boost local industries, and leave a lasting positive imprint on the corridor's social fabric.