The Nigerian government has instructed NNPC to implement an agreement to build a gas pipeline from the country to Europe through Morocco to provide an easy way to export much-needed energy.
The European Union (EU) continues to demand energy from Africa as a result of its attempts to cut off trade with Russia as a result of its occupation of Ukraine.
Timipriye Sylva, state petroleum minister announced the approval of the cabinet to implement the ECOWAS-backed pipeline agreement.
Nigeria is one of the largest oil producers in Africa and one of the world’s largest suppliers of natural gas for industrial and domestic use.
Sylva announced that the pipeline project will extend to 15 West African countries and run through Morocco to Spain and other European countries.
The minister said the project should be planned in detail, as efforts were made to determine the cost of operating it at a time when demand was growing globally.
For many years, Morocco King and President Buhari signed an agreement to build a major pipe-line to Europe, after signing it in 2016.
Under the agreement, the two countries have agreed to export natural gas from Nigeria to Benin, Togo and Ghana since 2010.
The construction of a pipeline to transport natural gas to the West African region has long attracted the attention of the public, especially economists, prompting Algeria to negotiate with the Nigerian authorities to reach a similar agreement through the country.
Nigeria is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and one of the largest natural gas producers in Africa, and the 7th largest in the world.