Nigeria, Morocco agree to build natural gas pipeline

Nigeria and Morocco say they have agreed to build a pipeline to carry Nigerian natural gas to North Africa and Europe in a major initiative to boost energy production and create industrial hubs to attract foreign investment.

A statement Wednesday says the two countries' sovereign wealth funds will jointly develop the pipeline to run about 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) along the West African coast from Nigeria to Morocco on a route yet to be decided.

Coastal countries include Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and Mauritania. The coastline then runs through the disputed territory of Western Sahara before reaching Morocco.

The agreement was signed during a visit to Nigeria this week by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who has been touring several African countries.