The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Wednesday, said it had concluded plans with the China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited (CPPECL) and Brantex Consortium on the commencement of the 614km-long Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) natural gas pipeline project.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kayri, revealed this when received CPPECL’s President, Sun Quanjun and the head of the Brantex Consortium at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
A statement issued by the corporation’s acting spokesperson, Samson Makoji, said Kyari restated that the AKK project will help address the power challenges facing the country when completed.
The NNPC GMD, who earlier said the projected was expected to be completed in the year 2020, urged timely delivery of the project by the Chinese pipeline company.
“We think you can deliver on the AKK project. If you execute the AKK project, we will also support your company to grow her imprint in Nigeria. I assure you that this partnership will be beneficial to us all and deliver value for the Nigerian people,” Mallam Kyari informed.
Quanjun had earlier assured Kyari that the CPPECL and Brantex Consortium were prepared to deliver on the AKK project.
He said the company would deploy its new pipeline technology system capable of guaranteeing the integrity of the project for several decades to come.
Quanjun said CPPECL would also establish a training facility in Nigeria for the training and retraining of its Nigeria employees.
The AKK pipeline which is being built under a build and transfer (BT) public-private partnership (PPP) model would serve as a connecting pipeline network between the eastern, western and northern regions of the country.
When eventually completed, the pipeline is expected to boost the country’s electricity generation capacity, promote and increase the local usage of domestic gas as well as boost the country’s revenue generation through the export of natural gas.