Russia, a country Algeria counts as its main ally, has further embarrassed Algerian leaders by joining the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline megaproject, which is entering its second phase of exploration.
Nigeria’s ambassador to Moscow, Abdullahi Shehu, has announced that the Russian company “U Metal Company” is investing in a gas pipeline project that will connect Nigeria with Morocco across the Atlantic coast and ultimately supply clean energy to Europe.
The information was confirmed by the Russian side, as it was picked up by the RIA Novosti agency, which published an interview with the ambassador. Such news will call into question the reliability of the partnership between Algeria and Russia, but only from the point of view of Algeria, which sees Moscow as an ally, while the Russian side largely underestimates the relationship, which sees them as first and foremost a commercial link.
Russia’s investment in this gas pipeline will be a double punishment for the Algerian regime, whose circle of influence is narrowing again due to the loss of the main important “ally”, as well as a new proof of failed foreign policy. the country’s international isolation following its offensive and hateful policy towards Morocco, with which diplomatic relations were unilaterally severed last August.
At the same time, not forgetting that at the same time Algeria is implementing a competing gas pipeline project. A long-forgotten plan, recently revived by progress on the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline.
In recent months, Nigerian officials have claimed that Russia is one of the countries most interested in the 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 that has just been dealt to the Algerian regime by Russia, which it considers its main strategic ally,” the Spanish website La Razon reacted in a comment.
News of the Russian investment comes shortly after Algeria suffered a diplomatic setback when it saw its bid to host the African Medicines Agency rejected “overwhelmingly” in favor of Rwanda, which won 82% of the vote to 8%. the same source continued.
And it is the Nigerian government that insists on joining Russia, which is itself very interested, given its experience in the construction of gas pipelines. In addition, the Nigerian president wishes to advance the construction of this project as much as possible before the end of his mandate.
Therefore, Muhammadu Buhari would like to see the work start in early 2023, which seems quite possible since the pipeline will be able to rely on the already existing coastal area.
“We need a long-term partnership, not inconsistencies and contradictions in UK and EU green energy policies. Instead, the UK and EU countries should invest in our gas pipeline project that will transport Nigerian gas through Morocco to Europe,” Buhari, who together with King Mohammed VI launched this mega-strategic project in 2017, which will pass through several African countries, recently said. , to supply them with gas and other European countries.
The project continues its development and at the beginning of July entered the second phase of the study, which was entrusted to the German engineering and consulting company ILF Consulting Engineers.
The Project Management Services (PMC) that ILF will be required to provide include onshore and offshore gas pipeline and compressor station design, engineering surveys, environmental and social impact assessment (ESI), land acquisition studies and framework project implementation.
In addition, the project is to explore the potential of using renewable energy sources to operate the pipeline and reduce the carbon footprint of the project, which will be an important addition to the clean energy oriented project.