(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Efforts to execute the nation’s $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano, AKK gas pipeline project received a giant boost, at the weekend, following the delivery of 96 pipes from Warri to Itakpe in Kogi state, by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
The NNPC, which is a major stakeholder in the project, confirmed this via a message on its Twitter handle.
According to the NNPC, the development represents phase one of the 1,300km-long Trans-Nigerian Gas Pipeline (TNGP) project, which is being developed as part of Nigeria’s Gas Master Plan to utilise the country’s surplus gas resources for power generation as well as for consumption by domestic customers.
The TNGP project also forms part of the proposed 4,401km-long Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline (TSGP) to export natural gas to customers in Europe. Nigeria holds Africa’s biggest and one of the world’s biggest gas reserves. It’s proved natural gas reserves stand at 188 trillion cubic feet (tcf) comprising 99tcf of associated gas and 89tcf of non-associated gas.
The AKK pipeline is planned to be developed on a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) basis under public-private partnership (PPP), supervised by Nigeria’s Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
The project is constructed by a consortium of two indigenous companies, including Oando and Oilserv which was awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for the Ajaokuta-Abuja section of the pipeline in April 2018
PROJECTED IMPACT: On completion, the AKK pipeline will transport up to 3,500 million cubic feet (mcf) of gas a day from various gas gathering projects in southern Nigeria for utilisation in the North and beyond. The hydrocarbon liquids will be processed at Ajaokuta to produce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), while the remaining gas will be transported to supply feedstock for new power plants and petrochemical facilities in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina.