The first Quarter 2023 target for the delivery of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline Project has again been guaranteed by the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC).
Mallam Mele Kyari, GMD/CEO NNPC who led the NNPC Board Members on an official tour of Segment A sites in Abaji Area Council of the FCT on Thursday, confirmed this.
EnergyDay’s check shows that the construction of the 614km AKK Pipeline project was flagged-off simultaneously in Kogi and Kaduna States by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020.
While expressing satisfaction with the progress of work done on the project, Kyari was confident that the first Quarter 2023 target for delivering it will be met.
The NNPC GMD said that as a result of activities around the AKK project, the country will see over eight billion standard cubic feet (scf) of gas injected into the domestic pipeline which will improve power generation, facilitate industrial development, create thousands of job opportunities and deepen domestic gas utilisation.
Kyari claimed that the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Pipeline as “a signature project of this administration. He also noted Nigeria is prepared to take advantage of being the country with the highest gas reserves in Africa.
Senator Margery Okadigbo, Chairman of the NNPC Board, during the tour of the facility said that the pace of work done at the various construction sites is an evidence of the fact that the timeline will be met. She also noted that the projection to have first gas by the first quarter of 2023 was realisable.
She said, Nigeria stands the chance to leverage on the current realities to provide solutions to the global gas supply challenge.
Mr. Emeka Okwuosa, Chairman, Oilserve, the Company handling Segment A of the AKK project, confirmed to the visit NNPC Board that his company will deliver the project on schedule deadline.
The Segment A runs from Ajaokuta, Kogi State to the Federal Capital Territory(FCT) for a total distance of approximately 200km.
While Segment B is expected to extend for 193km from the Abuja TGS to the Kaduna Terminal Gas Station(TGS), while the third segment will stretch for 97km from Kaduna to Zaria and the fourth and final section of the pipeline will run for approximately 124km from Zaria to the Kano TGS.
The construction of the feeder lines and pipelines that will interconnect with the AKK are progressing at each of the Segments.
The AKK pipeline is also expected to transport up to 3,500 million cubic feet (mcf) of natural gas(feedstock) a day from various gas gathering projects in southern Nigeria, to the new power plants and petrochemical facilities at Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina.