By Adedapo Adesanya
Oilserve Limited, the contractor managing the ongoing Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline project, says that once the project is completed, activities in the midstream and upstream segments of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria will increase.
The federal government had inaugurated the AKK gas pipeline last year, which stretches over a length of 614 kilometers. It is being developed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to transport natural gas from Ajaokuta, Kogi State, across states and urban centers in Nigeria.
The project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
Mr. Emeka Okwuosa, Chairman of Oilserve Limited, said during an inspection of the project site in Abaji, FCT by Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director, NNPC and other dignitaries, that the project is a key factor of the energy value chain in the country, adding that it would lift Nigeria significantly industrially
According to him, the AKK gas pipeline system is composed of the pipelines, Block Valve, Terminal Gas Station (TGS), Metering Station (MS), Block Valve Station (BVS), Intermediate Pigging Station (IPS), Kilometer Post (KP) and d other stations.
He said construction of the mainline was one-third complete, engineering over 80% while procurement was over 50%.
“We feel good as a company and we know that what we are doing is historic and very important for the country.
“So it’s not just about the pipeline, it’s about the facilities. So we feel good that we are moving and we are sure that we will stick to the schedule,” he noted.
He said that pipeline activities involved a lot of planning, key and basic technical design, but mostly putting the boots on the ground.
“Putting boots on the ground means running these pipes through every meter of the 614 kilometres, of which we are building 303 kilometres,” he said.
He said the challenges he faced ranged specifically from security, difficult terrain and weather conditions.
“And a project of this magnitude requires a lot of money, but NNPC is up to it. They were able to alleviate some of the issues that originally arose.
“So the challenges will be there. But the most difficult remains the security challenge,” he said.
The AKK gas pipeline system, when completed, will provide gas for better power generation, develop new industries, increase revenue generation, reduce gas flaring, promote local content and deepen the local gas market.