N-Sea begins survey operations for Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline

This story was first published on the Hawilti+ terminal on 2 September 2023.

N-Sea, Netherlands-headquartered subsea services company, says it has expanded its area of operations to West Africa as it commences survey operations to support the development of the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project.

The project is led by Morocco and Nigeria’s national oil companies, the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).

The pipeline, which has been on the table for some time, is seen as an extension of the existing West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAGP) that was commissioned in 2011. From offshore Morocco, it will run onshore to northern Morocco, ultimately connecting to the Maghreb-Europe pipeline.

“To realise this project, N-Sea have worked closely with vessel owner Rederij Groen and converted the seismic support vessel, 7-WAVES, into a survey vessel with state-of-the-art equipment,” the company said in its post on LinkedIn.

“The project is being run with a “skeleton” crew on board the vessel, and all data is being transferred to shore, to the N-Sea Data Centre. Daily meetings with the Client Representative, FEED Engineer, Client and our N-Sea data processors are carried out to assess data quality and route alignment.”

The 5,700 to 7,000 km pipeline, linking Nigeria’s Brass Island to Morocco, is gaining traction following the tightening of global gas markets and Europe’s search for alternative sources of gas imports.

If completed, it would be the longest offshore pipeline in the world, with its total capacity expected to hold 30 billion cubic meters a year.

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NNPC signs MoU with Indorama to boost Nigeria’s domestic gas industry

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Nigeria’s Tetracore Energy Group steps up local content development with new training programme

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