Russia has expressed interest in investing in the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project that has been on the cards since 2016, Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum resources said on Monday.
Nigeria and Morocco first signed the agreement on the project in December 2016. Besides linking the two countries, the 5,660 km (3,517 miles) pipeline is also expected to connect some other African countries to Europe.
“The Russians were with me in the office last week. They are very desirous to invest in this project and there are lots of other people who are also desirous to invest in the project,” Timipre Sylva told reporters in Abuja.
“This is a pipeline that is going to take our gas all through a lot of countries in Africa and also, all the way to the edge of the African continent where we can have access to the European market as well.”
Sylva said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government hoped to at least kickstart the project before leaving office in May 2023. He did not say how much it will cost.
There has long been interest in bringing Nigerian gas to North Africa, with Algeria leading discussions in 2002 for a similar pipeline project through the Sahel region. Nigeria, an OPEC member, has huge gas reserves, the largest in Africa and the seventh-largest in the world.
Source: Adapted from Reuters