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Power plants along AKK promise efficient gas utilization, power delivery— ex NDPHC MD

The Former Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), James Olotu has said the three power plants along  Ajaokuta , Kaduna and Kano( AKK) with over 1300mw capacity, have  promises of efficient gas utilisation and power delivery for the whole of Nigeria.

The AKK pipeline is a 614km-long natural gas pipeline currently being developed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and phase one of the project to be executed by Oilserv for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).

It is set to be laid between Ajaokuta and Kano in Nigeria and forms phase one of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) project.

Speaking with Nigerian NewsDirect, Olotu said, “Better late than never, this is what we should have been done much earlier. The advantages are well stated. The challenge is funding as well as well organised implementation to avoid delays and assure speedy completion.

“The three power plants along the way located in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano each with over 1300mw capacity, with promises of efficient gas utilisation and power delivery for the whole of  Nigeria especially as all jobs will be done in parallel.

“The contractors for gas line project are tested, Oilserv in particular worked creditable well on some of our projects in Nigerian National Integrated Power Project (NIPP).

“I have followed the company’s trajectory since inception with satisfaction. They will deliver if funding and politics do not interfere. God bless Nigeria,” he added

However, the pipeline project is being implemented via a build and transfer (BT) public-private partnership (PPP) model, which involves the contractor providing 100 per cent of the funding.

The pipeline will cost an estimated of $2.8billion and is currently scheduled for commissioning in 2020.

It will feature a diameter of 40in and is expected to transport 3,500 million metric standard cubic feet per day (Mmscfd) of dehydrated wet gas from several gas gathering projects located in southern Nigeria.