By Sebastine Obasi
President Muhammadu Buhari is predicted to flag-off nearly the development section of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-kano, AKK, pipeline concurrently in Ajaokuta Kogi State and Rigachikun in Kaduna State, immediately, Tuesday, June 30.
The Pipeline which originates from Ajaokuta, in Kogi State would traverse Abuja (FCT), Niger, Kaduna and terminate at Kano. It is predicted to be fed from the prevailing home Infrastructure with a capability of over 1.5 billion cubic toes, each day, Bcf/d and is being expanded by Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System II (ELPS II) and Obiafu-Obrikom 3 (OB3) gasoline pipeline (underneath building) that can double the capability to over Three billion cubic gasoline per day
The proposed Ajaokuta – Abuja – Kaduna – Kano Gas Pipeline is a bit of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (“TNGP”) with a capability to move about 2.2 Bcf/d of gasoline. The proper of method for the proposed AKK gasoline pipeline is deliberate to run parallel to the prevailing NPSC 16’’ crude oil and 12’’ product pipelines wherever doable.
The Project can even facilitate the event of three (3) base unbiased energy crops (IPPs) in Abuja (1350MW), Kaduna (900MW) and Kano (1350MW) and steer the event of gasoline based mostly industries alongside its hall and past.
Federal Executive Council awarded the Engineering Procurement and Construction Contract (EPC) in favour of Oilserv Plc Consortium & CFHEC for lot1, whereas Brentex Petroleum Services and China Pipeline Bureau (Brentex-CPP) received lot2
The undertaking is on build-and-transfer-basis (BT) with a completion interval of 24 months and defect legal responsibility interval of 12months.
The Scope of Work contains Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of a 40” x 614km class 600# pipeline system from Ajaokuta to Kano with related intermediate and terminal amenities to provide pure gasoline to off-takers at Abuja, Kaduna, Kano and Zaria environs and alongside the environs of the pipeline route.
The proper of method for the proposed AKK gasoline pipeline is deliberate to run parallel to the prevailing Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company’s 16 inch-crude oil and 12 inch- product pipelines wherever doable.
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The AKK Project when accomplished affords huge financial and social advantages to the nation. It would unlock 2.2 billion cubic toes of gasoline to the home market, assist the addition of three,600 mega watts of energy to the nationwide grid and revitalize textile industries which alone boast of over Three million jobs in components of the nation. In addition, the AKK undertaking will assist the event of petrochemicals, fertilizer, methanol and different gas-based industries that can generate employment and facilitate balanced financial progress.
The AKK gasoline undertaking is a element of the Nigerian Gas grasp Plan (NGMC), a gasoline infrastructure blueprint, which was accredited by the Federal Executive Council in 2008, however which has obtained critical consideration of the Buhari Administration. The different main home gasoline transmission methods are: The Western System, that’s, the prevailing 36” Escravos-Lagos Pipeline I and II with 2.2billion cubic toes capability and the On-going East-West connection by way of the Obiafu/Obrikom-Oben Pipeline (OB3) that includes 2.4billion cubic toes per day capability.