Casablanca, Morocco. Sept 14th: Morocco Minister of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, Honourable Minister Aziz Rabbah, is set to to Welcome African energy leaders from the twelve countries in the Morocco-Nigeria Gas Pipeline Project to Casablanca, Morocco this November.
As the officially labelised side-event of Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Africa Renewable Energy Forum was first held in Marrakesh from 2-4 November 2016 under the aegis of the Ministry of Energy of Morocco and endorsed by ONEE. The second Forum returns to Morocco this year to build its foundation as the pan-African meeting for stakeholders driving forward renewable energy projects in Africa.
Africa Renewable Energy Forum (ARF) will bring together government ministers, heads of African utilities and some of the biggest global investors in renewable energy to discuss solutions to move forward renewable energy projects. The first forum attracted over 350 high level international participants, including 11 African countries represented at senior government and utility level.
Preceding the renewable energy forum this year will be the Gas Options – North and West Africa meeting – an international gas-to-power focused gathering shining a spotlight onto gas projects in North & West Africa.
This meeting will involve all 12 countries involved in the Morocco-Nigeria Gas Pipeline project to discuss next steps and the benefits of the project in developing the region. Investors and energy decision-makers will participate in discussions with the public sector on how they can contribute to the project. This meeting has the support of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM) and participation from Director General Amina Benkhadra.
Organiser of the forums Valeria Aruffo commented, “With these two meetings we’re proud to display our long-term commitment in working with the Government of Morocco. The forums will hone in on investment opportunities in the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline, as well as bringing together key stakeholders to drive forward renewable energy projects on the continent in light of the COP22 outcomes last year.
With 75 Parties having ratified the Paris Agreement, corresponding to 67.7% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Agreement entered into force on November 4th, 2016, merely 3 days before the opening of the “COP of Action”.
The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was held on November 7-18, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. The COP Presidency and its participants strove to take the Paris Agreement closer to operational levels. Bringing greater emphasis on Climate Change Adaptation, developing a Global Action Agenda with non-state actors, and drawing a roadmap for the mobilization of 100 billion US dollars by 2020, are among the most visible results that COP22 hoped to yield.
Following the momentum of the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement, its signature, ratification and record-early entry into force, UN Environment has been responding to Parties’ call to provide NDC support and analysis, capacity building for transparency, measuring, and reporting, and to foster pre-2020 actions with non-state actors.
The Africa Renewable Energy Forum (ARF) and the preceding Gas Options, North & West Africa meeting will take place from 29th November – 1st December 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Casablanca.
Nigeria, Morocco Move “WONDER OF AFRICA” Joint Gas Pipeline To Front Burner
West African country, Nigeria and North African Country, Morocco have jointly initiated two major projects that were initially discussed during the Royal visit of the king of Morocco to Nigeria in Dec, 2016. Formal agreements were signed Nigeria and Morocco in Rabat strengthening the bilateral relationship between both countries.
The first bilateral agreement covered the Morocco–Nigeria Joint Venture for a West Africa to North Africa regional gas pipeline.
Tagged ‘The Wonder of Africa’ the pipeline project has historic significance as a result of it’s design by ‘Africans for Africans’ with an immediate impact on over three hundred million individuals in both west Africa and North Africa that will benefit from among others, improved access to electricity and the economic benefits of a competitive electricity regional market.
The scope of the memo of Understanding , that was signed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the workplace National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM), was to work out the modalities of a practicability study and a Front-End Engineering and style (FEED) study with reference to a gas pipeline from West African nation Nigeria, to North African nation, Morocco.
It additionally fixed equal partnership in governance, management and funding of the project. The timeline for each study is 2 years from the date of linguistic communication. Interested third party countries are allowed to affix on agreed notice.
The second bilateral agreement was on the Second section of the fertilizer Initiative.
In The first section Morocco made available a merchandise of phosphate to the West African nation within eight weeks of its linguistic communication.
This has led to the creation of 50,000 direct jobs and 150000 ancilliary jobs while farmers have much improved access to required fertilizer.
The second section is meant to increase native fertilizer production through the creation of a platform for basic chemical production and merchandising, securing Nigeria’s market’s fertilizer; leading to competitive costs and reinforcement of native distribution channels.
According to the secretary of state of Morocco, Nasser Bourita the agreements reflect the shared vision of the two leaders, President of African nation, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and King Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco for African nations to work together to develop the continent.
Morocco King Mohammed VI, hosted the signing in his palace in Rabat, Morocco while Nigeria had in attendance the Minister of Foreign Affairs ,Mr Godfrey Onyeama, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe, his counterpart within the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Jigawa State and Chairman, Presidential Committee on fertilizer, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru.