An agreement to cut gas flaring and encourage diversification of energy resources while cutting down poverty through the creation of more job opportunities has been signed between the government of Nigeria and Morocco.

The agreement was signed at Rabat Royal Palace in Morocco, as part of activities marking President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-day visit to the country.

The Regional Gas Pipeline feasibility study which is expected to be concluded by July 2018, was signed by the Group General Manager of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Farouq Said Garba, and Mrs. Amina Benkhadra, Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines.

A statement issued on Monday by a spokesman to the President, Mr. Garba Shehu, disclosed that the three agreements signed by Nigeria and Morocco included:

  • A regional gas pipeline that will see Nigeria providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe.
  • The establishment of a chemical plant in Nigeria for producing ammonia and its derivatives.
  • The training of young citizens in the agricultural sector.

The Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP), designed to be 5,660km long, will encourage utilisation of gas in the sub-region for cooking, and discourage desertification, Mr. Shehu said.

At the ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Nigeria Sovereign Wealth Authority (NSIA), Mr Uche Orji, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Management of Phosphate in Morocco, Mr Mostafa Terrab, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a chemical plant in Nigeria for producing ammonia and its derivatives.

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