The construction of a new gas pipeline from Africa to Europe moved a step closer on Wednesday after Nigeria gave the go ahead to its state-oil firm NNPC to sign a memorandum of understanding with West African regional body ECOWAS.
The nod comes as African gas supplies to Europe grow in importance with the Ukraine crisis casting doubt on Russian energy exports. Algeria has already agreed to raise its supply to Italy.
Nigeria and Morocco signed a joint venture in 2016 to construct the pipeline which will carry gas to 15-West African countries and through Morocco to Spain and Europe, junior oil minister Timipre Sylva said at a cabinet meeting in Abuja while presenting the request for approval…
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