Nigeria, Morocco agree to build natural gas pipeline


Lagos – Nigeria and Morocco say they have agreed to build a pipeline to carry Nigerian natural gas to North Africa and Europe in a major initiative to boost energy production and create industrial hubs to attract foreign investment.

A statement on Wednesday says the two countries’ sovereign wealth funds will jointly develop the pipeline to run about 4 000km along the West African coast from Nigeria to Morocco on a route yet to be decided.

Coastal countries include Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania.

The coastline then runs through the disputed territory of Western Sahara before reaching Morocco.

The agreement was signed during a visit to Nigeria this week by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who has been touring several African countries.

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