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Worley lands FEED contract for longest offshore pipeline in the world


Gas pipeline Photo: Shutterstock
Once completed, the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world Photo: Shutterstock

Worley has been awarded a contract to provide the main front-end engineering design (FEED Phase II) services for the proposed Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project. Once completed, the pipeline will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world and the second longest pipeline overall, reports the company.

The pipeline will measure over 7,000 km in length and is being promoted by Morocco’s Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of Nigeria. Linking the two countries, the NMGP will pass through 11 west African countries (Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania), and extend to Europe. 


The pipeline is expected to help ‘boost local industries and economies by delivering a reliable and sustainable energy source, also supporting industrial development and creating employment opportunities’, reports Worley. In addition, it will provide ‘a new avenue for countries along the route to export their gas to their neighbouring countries and Europe’. 


The OPEC Fund for International Development earlier announced that it will fund Phase II of the NMGP feasibility study, providing some $14.3mn to the Moroccan government in support of the country’s national development strategy aimed at transitioning to a low carbon energy system, diversifying its energy mix and achieving its renewable energy commitments. The study is being co-funded by the Islamic Development Bank.