Russia, which Algeria sees as its main ally, has caused even more confusion among Algerian leaders by joining the Morocco-Nigeria mega gas pipeline project, which is entering its second stage of study.
Nigerian Ambassador to Moscow Abdullahi Shehu announced that Russia’s U Metal Company will invest in a gas pipeline project that will connect Nigeria to Morocco across the Atlantic coast and eventually supply clean energy to Europe.
The information was confirmed by the Russian side, as it was picked up by the RIA Novosti press agency, which published an interview with the ambassador. Such news would cast doubt on the strength of the partnership between Algeria and Russia, but simply from the point of view of Algeria, which sees Moscow as an ally, while the relationship is largely underestimated by the Russian side, which sees it as a commercial link first and foremost.
Russia’s investment in this gas pipeline will be a double punishment for the Algerian regime, whose circle of influence is narrowing again with the loss of the main significant “ally”, but also new evidence of the unsuccessful foreign policy of Algeria, the international isolation of the country after its offensive and hateful policy towards Morocco, diplomatic relations with which were unilaterally severed in August last year.
At the same time, without forgetting that at the same time Algeria is implementing a competing gas pipeline project. A long-forgotten plan, recently revived in connection with progress in the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline.
Nigerian officials have said in recent months that Russia is among the countries most interested in this mega-pipeline project. Thus, these claims have been confirmed, and it is quite possible that other Russian and foreign players will join the adventure by providing funding.
“This is another slap in the face that Russia, which it considers its main strategic ally, has just dealt to the Algerian regime,” the Spanish website La Razon responded in a comment.
News of the Russian investment came shortly after Algeria suffered a diplomatic setback when its bid to host the African Medicines Agency was rejected “overwhelmingly” in favor of Rwanda, which received 82% of the vote to 8% of the vote. continuation of the same source.
And it is the Nigerian government that insists on joining Russia, which itself is very interested, given its experience in building gas pipelines. In addition, the President of Nigeria wishes to move the construction site of this project as far as possible before the end of his mandate.
Thus, Muhammad Bukhari would like the work to start in early 2023, and this seems quite possible, since the gas pipeline will be able to rely on an already existing coastal section.
“We need a long-term partnership, not inconsistencies and contradictions in UK and EU green energy policies. For a change, the UK and the EU countries should invest in our gas pipeline project to bring Nigerian gas through Morocco to Europe,” Buhari, who launched this mega-strategic project in 2017, which will pass through several African countries, together with King Mohammed VI in 2017, said recently. , supply them with gas and other European countries.
The project continues its development and in early July entered the second phase of development, which was entrusted to the German engineering and consulting company ILF Consulting Engineers.
Project Management Services (PMS) to be performed by ILF include onshore and offshore pipeline and compressor station design, engineering studies, environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), land surveys and project implementation. framework.
In addition, the project should explore the possibility of using renewable energy sources to operate the pipeline and reduce the carbon footprint of the project, which will be an important complement to the clean energy project.