The Nigerian government on Wednesday approved a proposal for the construction of a gas pipeline connecting Nigeria and Morocco.
Nigeria's Federal Executive Council at a weekly meeting approved a proposal presented by the ministry of petroleum resources and directed the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the project, said Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum resources, at a press briefing in Abuja.
Sylva highlighted that the ECOWAS-coordinated project was still in the planning and engineering design stages.
He said the gas pipeline is expected to take gas to a dozen West African countries and Morocco, and through Morocco to Spain and other European countries.
The enormous gas pipeline project between Nigeria and Morocco, whose feasibility study began in May 2017 at a cost of several billion dollars, was inaugurated in 2016 during King Mohammed VI's official visit to Abuja.
The deal was inked on June 10, 2018, during Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to Rabat.