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NNPC Sets 24-month Completion Date for 614km AKK Project

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said Monday that the 40-inch x 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project will be completed in 24 months.

The project is a section of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) with capacity to transport about 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day.

The national oil company noted that the federal government’s aspiration to boost domestic utilisation of gas in Nigeria will be boosted as President Muhammadu Buhari performs the flag-off of the construction Tuesday.

A release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, explained that the presidential inauguration would be performed virtually from the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

He stated that it will be done with simultaneous link to two locations: Rigachukun, Kaduna State and Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Kogi State.

The release stated that the economic benefits of the AKK pipeline, which would originate from Ajaokuta, in Kogi State and traverse Abuja (FCT), Niger, Kaduna and terminate at Kano, would boost domestic utilisation of natural gas for Nigeria’s social economic development, when completed.

It would also unlock 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas to the domestic market, support the addition of 3,600 megawatts of power to the national grid and revitalise textile industries which alone boasts of over three million jobs in parts of the country, the NNPC stressed.

The release added that the AKK project would support the development of petrochemicals, fertiliser, methanol and other gas-based industries, thereby generating employment opportunities and facilitating balanced economic growth.