Linking South & North with Gas, Nigerian President Commissions $2.8 Billion AKK Pipeline Project Tuesday

A project that will see the southern and northern parts of Nigeria linked-up with gas will be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday June 30.

The project, which has been described as another humongous signature milestone of the government under Buhari, is tagged Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) National Gas Pipeline Project at a cost of $2.8 billion.

Timescape gathered that the AKK pipeline project will carry gas between the southern and northern parts of the country. The plan is also to extend it to North Africa.  

The 614 kilometers-long national gas pipeline is Phase One of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) project, which will be done on build and transfer public-private-partnership basis. It will transport 3,500 million metric standard cubic feet per day of dehydrated gas from several gas gathering projects located in southern Nigeria.

The project has been designed to be executed in three phases. Phase One is 200 kilometers-long, between Ajaokuta and Abuja, at a projected cost of $855 million.

Phase Two is 193 kilometers-long, between Abuja and Kaduna, to cost an estimated $835 million, while Phase Three is 221 kilometers-long, between Kaduna and Kano, at an approximate cost of $1.2 billion. In subsequent phases, it will eventually reach North Africa

In July 2013, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced tenders for the project. A proposal was submitted to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission in June 2017, and the Federal Executive Council granted approval in December 2017.

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity explained that the AKK gas pipeline project is a groundbreaking achievement of his Principal, adding that it will add a lot of value to the economic development of Nigeria.

Femi Adesina Special Advisor to President Buhari (C) Sahara Reporters

“What will AKK pipeline project do for Nigeria? Great and wonderful things. It will create steady and guaranteed gas supply network between the North and South and will enhance power generation capacity. The industrial sector will be strengthened, local usage of gas will be promoted and increased, and the country’s revenue generation boosted through export of natural gas.

“Nigeria is ranked the 7th most endowed natural gas country in the world. She sits on about 180 trillion cubic feet of natural gas deposits, which can be utilized as gas to power, gas to petrochemicals, liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG), among others.

“Over the years, Nigeria has exploited its oil resources more, to the detriment of gas, which incidentally fetches more revenue, but is also more expensive to prospect.

"One big advantage the average Nigerian can look forward to is the evolvement of compressed natural gas (CNG), which is still at pilot stage in the country,” Adesina said.

“The Buhari signature projects will remain landmarks in Nigeria. Buhari is doing great things; you can see his imprints on roads, bridges, rails, airports, social investment, and many others. There is no doubt that all these will pedestal him in the pantheon of great Nigerians,” he said.