The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited says that natural gas would be transported through the AKK pipeline in the first quarter of 2023.
It said this with its contractor handling the bulk of the $2.6bn Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline project, Oilserv Limited.
Both firms stated this during an inspection tour of the construction work on the gas pipeline project in the Abaji end of the facility in Abuja.
The 40-inch by 614km AKK pipeline project, which was inaugurated in June 2020, is a section of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline with a capacity to transport about 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day.
It originates from Ajaokuta, in Kogi State and traverses Abuja, Niger, Kaduna, and terminates at Kano.
Speaking during the inspection of the project, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari, told journalists that the President, Major Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would see to the completion of the project before the expiration of his regime.
Kyari said, “This is a signature project for Mr. President. This is one great thing that this President will deliver to this country before he leaves and we will put gas on this line before Mr. President leaves.
“More importantly, this is one major project that will bring development and progress to this country, power will be stabilized, industries will come up across the country, because this will ensure gas supply nationwide, not just the AKK pipeline.
“We are very confident and vow that this project will be delivered and that this country will be happy that we have done something great. By quarter one 2023 we’ll put on this line.”
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