The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that its sponsored Ajaokuta–Kaduna–Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline project is a key project instrumental to developing Nigeria’s economy.
The Corporation stressed that the project under execution by leading indigenous EPC giant – OILSERV Limited, will go far in addressing Nigeria’s power deficits as well as contribute enormously to reducing the level of unemployment through provision of jobs in the Country.
OILSERV which has gone far in its operations has been awarded the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning of the first segment of the 614 km x 40-Inch Gas pipeline, which spans from Ajaokuta to mid-way Abuja and Kaduna. The second segment has been awarded to another company.
Information reaching NewsDirect reveals that OILSERV has achieved significant progress within a short period of time, revolving around ongoing detailed engineering design, topographical and geotechnical surveys, haulage and stacking of line pipes in preparation to commence construction activities.
In the words of the Group Managing Director of NNPC; Melle Kolo Kyari “the AKK project is key to resolving the power deficit challenge of the country. Its multiplier effect on the economy and provisions of jobs will be unprecedented. NNPC will give all necessary support to the Contractors to enable them deliver the project within time and within budget.”
In his remark, the Chairman, OILSERV Ltd, Engr. Emeka Okwuosa, assured that the company will leave no stone unturned in partnering with the NNPC to make the dreams of the over 200million Nigerians come true by delivering the AKK project with global quality and best standards.
He said, “The capability of OILSERV has been honed in the course of successful delivery of landmark EPC contracts such as lot B of the 48inch OB3 gas pipeline system that is currently being commissioned.”
It will be observed that despite the natural gas endowment of the country, Nigeria has been hindered by the absence of gas transmission pipelines in her bid to harness its abundant gas reserves for adequate provision of gas to generate electricity, and stimulate rapid industrialization using gas as feedstock for fertilisers, ammonia and other petrochemical applications.
It is believed on completion, that the project will be a plausible development that will viably boost the Country’s economy at large.