President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Tuesday, flag off the construction of the 40-inch x 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline.
The pipeline, which is expected to be completed within 24 months, is a section of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) with the capacity to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day.
The pipeline begins at Ajaokuta, in Kogi state and traverse Abuja (FCT), Niger, Kaduna and terminates at Kano.
Kennie Obateru, the group general manager of the public affairs division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said the 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.
Listing the economic benefits of the AKK pipeline, Obateru said it 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 3,600 megawatts of power to the national grid and revitalize textile industries which alone boasts of over 3 million jobs in parts of the country,” he said.
The pipeline is also said to have to potential to generate employment as it would support the development of petrochemicals, fertilizer, methanol and other gas-based industries.
The NNPC explained 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 wherever possible.
The corporation also said the pipeline would be fed from the existing domestic infrastructure with a capacity of over 1.5 billion cubic feet per day and is being expanded by Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System II (ELPS II) and Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben (OB3) gas pipeline (under construction) that will double the capacity to over 3 billion cubic gas per day.
The project was approved by the federal executive council in 2008 and the Buhari-led administration awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC) in 2017.