The representative of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), Imane Mansouri, indicated that ” the Moroccan part of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline has been named Dorsale Atlantique, and will be, as its name suggests, the backbone of the diesel infrastructure to be developed in Morocco”.
Presenting this mega project at the conference organized by the National Electricity Regulation Agency (ANRE), on the occasion of the second Workshop of MEDREG Presidents, Imane Maansouri explained the Atlantic Dorsal, with a length of 1,672 km , will relay the GME gas pipeline in the Dakhla region, the drop-off and arrival point of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline.
It will be carried out in several phases, said the manager, adding that “each phase is designed to connect an industrial region that consumes a lot of natural gas”.
She details: “The first phase concerns the Kenitra region, which is currently supplied by local production, but the demand is so great that having an additional supply of fuel with natural gas is another that also helps to disrupt existing industries” .
The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline, she continues, “is a high-impact project that will affect a population of 340 million people”.
It will cross 13 countries and will connect three additional countries: Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, as well as the estimated gas reserves of 5,400 BCM, will be supplied mainly by Nigeria, Mauritania, Senegal, Ghana, Côte d ‘Ivory.
As for the target markets, Imane Mansouri says that it is Europe, West Africa and Morocco.
UK and EU urged to invest
On this same issue, the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari urged the United Kingdom and European Union countries to invest in the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project.
The UK and EU countries should invest in the pipeline project to bring Nigerian gas – Africa’s largest reserves – through Morocco to Europe, Buhari told Bloomberg Agency. .
While emphasizing the need for a long-term partnership between Nigeria and the United Kingdom as well as the European Union on green energy policy, the Nigerian President expressed the need for a long-term partnership in green energy policy.
” We need a long-term partnership, not inconsistencies and contradictions in UK and EU green energy policy,” he said, noting that “For a change, the UK and EU countries should invest in our gas pipeline project to deliver Nigerian gas – Africa’s largest reserves – through Morocco, to Europe”.