President Muhammadu Buhari will today flag-off of the construction of the 40-inch x 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline Project as part of the federal government commitment towards boosting domestic utilisation of gas in Nigeria
The project, which is a section of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) with capacity to transport about 2.2billion cubic feet of gas per day is expected to be completed within a 24-month timeline.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Spokesperson, Dr. Kennie Obateru, explained 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.
In a statement released to newsmen on Monday, Obateru expressed optimism that the AKK pipeline which would originate from Ajaokuta, in Kogi State and traverse Abuja (FCT), Niger, Kaduna, and terminate at Kano, would boost domestic utilization of natural gas for Nigeria’s social-economic development when completed.
“It would also unlock 2.2billion cubic feet of gas to the domestic market, support the addition of 3,600mega watts of power to the national grid and revitalize textile industries which alone boasts of over 3million jobs in parts of the country.
“The AKK project would support the development of Petrochemicals, fertilizer, methanol, and other gas-based industries thereby generating employment opportunities and facilitating Balanced Economic Growth.
“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 wherever possible,” the statement read.
Furthermore, Obateru explained that the project is 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.