A statement on the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline: Not in Our Interest
The Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline has been tagged “The Wonder of Africa” but civil society groups in Africa and around the world see it as The Wounding of Africa. A statement issued by 39 groups demands that the project be called off in the interest of the peoples and the planet.
Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline: Not in Our Interest
In December 2016, an announcement was made of a nearly 5000 km Nigeria-Morocco offshore gas pipeline which at today’s prices will cost an estimated 20 billion US dollars. In reality, the actual costs will likely be much higher. This pipeline would be a continuation of the existing 678 km long West African Gas pipeline (WAGP) that has been in service since 2010. It aims to serve 12 countries on the African continent and some 300 million potential consumers, with a possible extension to the Europe.
We, the undersigned organizations, are concerned about this project for several reasons, including:
1. While the acceleration of global warming exceeds all expectations and greenhouse gas emissions have set a new record in 2016, the construction of this pipeline can only go in the direction of an increase of extraction and consumption of fossil resources, the main causes of global warming.
2. Contrary to what is often asserted, gas is not clean energy. The methane in it is more volatile than CO2, and much more powerful in global warming potential. Moreover, the concentration of methane in the atmosphere has accelerated dangerously since 2007.
3. The extraction, transportation and use of fossil fuels has considerable environmental implications: the disturbing effects of seismic studies on marine fauna, the use and release of various chemical substances and wastes, the risks of leaks, fires and explosions related to corrosion and navigation are additional risks to that of methane emissions. This will destroy livelihoods of millions of our people depending on fisheries in our regional waters.
4. The section already constructed (WAGP) was done without consulting the populations who rejected the environmental impact study.
5. It is a top-down project that does not consider the needs of the populations and the environment. They are not consulted and will not be the first beneficiaries of this pipeline. While Nigeria is Africa’s largest exporter of gas and oil, less than half of the population has access to electricity. In Benin, Togo, already served by the WAGP, barely a third of the population have access to electricity.
6. The proposed pipeline is a project for the multinational corporations. Nigerians do not benefit from Oil exploitation in Nigeria.
7. The energy produced will be used primarily to fuel agribusiness projects and export-oriented industrial clusters at the expense of small farmers and artisans and the satisfaction of the needs of the people.
8. This project will be a financial sinkhole. It is likely that the forecast cost of US $ 20 billion will be probably doubled and will lead to an exponential increase of the debt burden of our countries.
We the undersigned believe that the proposed Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline is bad for the region, our peoples and the Planet. We say NO to the project,
Because we choose the climate in place of fossil energy,
Because we choose the health of our planet against the appetites of multinationals,
Because we refuse to pay for projects that will not bring us anything,
We say no to the Nigeria-Morocco pipeline.
- ATTAC Morocco
- Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nigeria
- Peoples Advancement Centre, Nigeria
- Justica Ambiental, Mozambique
- Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), Nigeria.
- Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), Nigeria.
- Les Amis de la Terre Togo (ADT-Togo), Togo
- Jeun Chretien en Action Pour le Development (JCAD), Togo
- Centre for Social Studies and Development- We the People, Nigeria
- Oilwatch Ghana, Ghana
- Environmental Justice North Africa (EJNA)
- Green Concern for Development (GREENCODE), Nigeria
- Social Action, Nigeria
- Rainforest Resource and Development Centre (RRDC), Nigeria
- Lokiaka Community Development Centre, Nigeria
- Green Alliance of Nigeria (GAN)
- Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE), Cameroon
- 350.org, Africa
- Gastivists, International
- Youth Climate Coalition, UK
- Platform London, UK
- Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (ODG), Catalunya
- CoalSwarm, USA
- Millieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands
- Amigos de la Tierra (FoE Spain)
- Oil Change International, International
- Corporate Europe Observatory, Belgium
- Association Pierre Domachal, France
- Ecologistas en Acción (Spain)
- ATTAC (France)
- Climáximo (Portugal)
- Friends of the Earth (USA)
- Food & Water Europe
- Friends of the Earth Europe
- Non au Gazoduc Fos Dunkerque, France
- Leave it in the Ground Initiative (LINGO)
- Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, Nigeria
- Egi Human Rights and Environmental Initiative, Nigeria
- Ikarama Women Association, Nigeria