News for the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project. In a press release published on Tuesday 26 April 2022, Worley, an Australian engineering company providing project delivery and consulting services to the energy sectors, announces that it has won the tender from the Moroccan and Nigerian authorities for the preliminary engineering and design (FEED) study for the project for a gas pipeline of over 7,000 km which will connect the two countries.
Worley, who points out that this project is carried out by the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC), says that the future Nigeria-Morocco pipeline will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world and the second longest ever, behind China’s west-east pipeline, which is just over 8,700 km.
To carry out this ambitious project, Worley will mobilize all this experience around the world. For example, Worley’s Intecsea unit, which focuses on offshore engineering consultancy, will manage FEED from The Hague. Worley’s team in London will also take care of the onshore FEED, as well as environmental and social impact assessment and land acquisition studies. The company’s offices in Africa and its delivery team in Hyderabad, India will also help. Additionally, Worley’s Advisian will work on analyzing the region’s electrification and energy self-sufficiency.
“Being part of a project that not only aims at sustainability, but also helps to revive the regional economy and supports the development of local communities is an incredible opportunity,” said Ping Liu, CEO of Intecsea, quoted in the press release. “We look forward to working with ONHYM and NNPC as we enter a new chapter for West Africa,” he added.
For the Australian company, the Nigeria-Morocco pipeline is able to support local industries and economies through the supply of reliable and sustainable energy. It would also open up new export opportunities to Europe.
It should be noted that the FEED study of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline was the subject, last December, of a financing agreement between the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Economy and Finance and ONHYM. Under this agreement, the IDB will contribute to the funding of this study for a total amount of more than $ 90 million.
“The front-end engineering design studio is an important step in the realization of this strategic project sponsored by King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari,” the Islamic Development Bank said at the time.
The FEED should help prepare the studies required for the pipeline and help make the final investment decision by 2023 for the infrastructure project, the multilateral institution also explained.
We recall that the pipeline project was started in 2016 in Abuja, under the presidency of King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. This large-scale project will link the gas resources of Nigeria, those of several West African countries and Morocco, thus promoting the economic integration of this region of the continent.