The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mele Kyari, has disclosed that the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline project has been experiencing hitch free, on-time delivery since its commencement. He said this while leading the Minister for Finance, Budget & National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, the Director General of the Debt Management Office of Nigeria (DMO) Patience Oniha, Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipriye Sylva who is also the chairman of the Board of the NNPC Group and also aour deliverttended in place of the Minister for Petroleum Resources, President Muhammadu Buhari; and a host of other delegations, to inspect the pace and delivery of the project on Tuesday 15th December 2020.
“All the logistics are perfect, our deliveries on time and on schedule. We have not suffered any major loss of time since we started this project. Pipes are arriving and on schedule. And just like Engineer Audu has mentioned, they have already arrived port in Warri, and we are moving them to site, either by road essentially. We are also thinking of moving them by rail to Itakpe. And everything is running perfect.” Kyari said.
He said although vandalism of gas pipeline is rare, care has been taken to integrate up-to-date security technology to monitor the pipelines by the placing of fibre-optic cables buried near the pipelines to trigger alarm at any slight infractions.
The GMD reiterated the core benefits of the gas pipeline, saying that it helps to curb carbon/green house emissions to the barest minimum and thereby ensure safer environment and reduce gas flaring; it will be used to generate massive wealth for the economy as gas can be used to power anything and industries will benefit greatly from the use of gas; and the availability of power will resuscitate companies and factories, ensuring jobs creation.
The AKK is the first phase of the national gas pipeline system planned by the federal government. The AKK is being constructed by two consortia: the Brentex/China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau Consortia, as well as the Oilserv/China First Highway Engineering Company Consortia. This first phase which is set to gulp about $2.8 billion is 614 kilometres long, and the entire pipeline system in Nigeria is expected to be 1300 kilometres long.
There has been a lot of seminars to enlighten the public on the significance of the project. Also on the 11th of August this year, the ValueChain magazine organised a well-attended webinar on the ‘Economic and Investment Opportunities of the AKK Pipeline Project’. In attendance were CEO of Oilserv Limited, Emeka Okwuosa; Engineer Seyi Omotowa, the Technical Adviser (Regulation) to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Engineer Umar Gwandu, Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris M. Bugaje; and the chairman, Economic and Statistics Committee, KADCCIMA, Muhammed Kasali Abdussalam. It was hosted by Musa Bashir Usman, the Publisher and Editor-in-chief of ValueChain magazine, and moderated by Daniel Adugbo, the Chief of Branding & Communication, Jake Riley Limited.
On the 30th of June Switch Nigeria brought to you news of the President Muhammadu Buhari virtually commissioning the takeoff of the project. Click on this link to see our article on the commencement of the project.
The first phase project is expected to be completed by the middle of 2022.
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