The President Buhari will commences the construction of Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline project today.

 Bashir ahmad, the personal assistant on new media to Buhari tweeted on his verified twitter account yesterday that launching and starting of the project has been long over due.

However, after intense processes, the presidency has officially agreed the plans to begin the project. The commencement of the project will be flagged off today, Tuesday 30th June 2020 by President Buhari @MBuhari.

The construction of the 40-inch x 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline project is in line with Buhari government’s plan to increase domestic utilisation of gas in Nigeria.

The project, anticipated to be finished in 24-month time frame, is a section of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) with capacity to transport about 2.2billion cubic feet of gas per day.

A release by Dr. Kennie Obateru, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), stated that the Presidential Flag-off would be performed virtually from the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja with simultaneous link to two locations: Rigachukun, Kaduna State and Ajaokuta Steel Complex, in Kogi State.

The statement stated that the economic benefits of the AKK pipeline which would originate from Ajaokuta, in Kogi State and traverse Abuja (FCT), Niger, Kaduna and stop in Kano, would increse domestic utilization of natural gas for Nigeria’s social economic development, when finished.

It would also unlock 2.2billion cubic feet of gas to the domestic market, assist the additional 3,600mega watts of power to the national grid and revitalize textile industries which alone increase over 3million jobs in parts in Nigeria.

The statemet said further that the AKK project would assist the growth of Petrochemicals, fertilizer, methanol and other gas-based industries thereby generating employment opportunities and facilitating Balanced Economic development.

The NNPC described that the Right of Way for the proposed AKK gas pipeline would run parallel to the existing Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company’s 16 inch-crude oil and 12 inch- product pipelines when necessary.

The corporation said the pipeline would be fed from the existing domestic Infrastructure with a capacity of over 1.5billion cubic feet per day and is being extended by Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System II (ELPS II) and Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben (OB3) gas pipeline (under construction) that will multiply the capacity to over 3billion cubic gas per day.

Conceptualized as an integral part of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan (NGMC), a gas infrastructure blueprint, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2008, the AKK has received serious attention of the Buhari Administration leading to the award of the Engineering Procurement and Construction Contract (EPC) of the project by the Federal Executive Council in 2017.

Within the last 12 months the project received extra fillip from the current NNPC leadership led by Mallam Mele Kyari, which deftly removed the impediments that have stalled the project over the years leading to the flag-off ceremony tomorrow.

The AKK is ultimately designed to complement other major domestic gas transmission systems namely: the Western System, that is, the existing 36-inch Escravos-Lagos Pipeline I and II with 2.2billion cubic feet per day capacity and the On-going East-West connection via the OB3 pipeline featuring 2.4billion cubic feet per day capacity.

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