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THE Kingdom of Morocco has entered into a bilateral agreement with Nigeria to deliver on the country’s natural gas project.

Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while receiving the Moroccan Ambassador to Nigeria, Moha Ou Ali Tagma.

The agreements include a Pipeline Cooperation Agreement (PCA) for the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline; a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a chemical plant in Nigeria for production of ammonia and its derivatives and thirdly, an agricultural cooperation agreement on vocational training and technical supervision.

Speaking further, Kyari told the ambassador that the NNPC was fully aligned with the terms of the MoU and committed to delivering them on time for the benefit of their respective citizens,  with a multiplier effect on job creation, economic prosperity and peace and stability across entire Africa.

The PCA will facilitate the establishment of a gas pipeline to supply feedstock gas from Nigeria to Morocco, across the West African sub-region and all the way to Europe with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in charge of all logistics that will ensure that the project is delivered in record time.

The project will boost NNPC’s drive to increase Nigeria’s daily oil production to three million barrels per day as a major boost with the signing of a $3.15 billion Financing and Technical Services Agreement (FTSA) between Morocco-based Sterling Oil Exploration and Energy Production Company Limited (SEEPCO) and the exploration and production arm of NNPC, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), for the development of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 13.

It will be recalled that Morocco’s King Mohammed VI had in December 2016 visited Nigeria, while in June 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari reciprocated the gesture, during which both leaders signed some Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on the project.

Meanwhile, the federal government has affirmed its readiness to deploy biogas for electricity generation in the country.

Head of Department of Environmental Biotechnology and Bio- conservation Department, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Dr. Gloria Obioh, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.

According to her, the government fabricated bio-digesters adapted to local conditions to generate 20,000MW through conversion of organic wastes, adding that  the bio-digesters produced by NABDA for electricity generation, would also create jobs and raise the country’s GDP.

“The key areas are design and fabrication of bio- digesters to local condition, local patenting of products, and contribution to organic wastes management which accounts to a minimum of 50 per cent municipal solid wastes. There will be several spin-off industries which would contribute greatly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” she said.

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