The Federal Government has begun the movement of pipes from Warri to Itakpe for the implementation of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline project.
The construction works on the 40-inch x 614km AKK Gas Pipeline project, which was conceptualized as an integral part of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan and approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2008 was flagged-off by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 30 last year
The project expected to gulp the sum of $2.8bn is expected to boost growth and revive moribund industries in Nigeria upon completion.
Findings showed that the Federal Government commenced the first haulage of pipes through train from Warri to Itakpe for the AKK gas project.
The pipes were transported by train using the standard guage lines. The train left Warri at 11:05am on Thursday to Itakpe which is a journey of about eight hours at 50 kilometers per hour.
About 96 pieces of 40 inch pipes were transported by the first haulage train on Thursday.
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroluem Corporation, Mele Kyari had said the project would would enable the country have a trans-Nigerian pipeline in place.
This, he stated, would lead to increased supply of gas into the network such that consumers in the East and in the West and in the West African sub-region and across the transnational pipeline into the North of the country will be energized.
He said the end result will be more industrial growth, more creation of jobs, while power will be delivered to many moribund industries.
When these happens, he said the project would ultimately bring in the required development that the country needs to have from its gas resources.
The NNPC Boss said, “This is the year of gas. It means that we will focus on gas, to deliver gas into the domestic market.
“The OB3 and the expansion of the Lagos Escravos Pipeline System 2, so that it can extend all the way to West Africa and potentially to Morocco at the end of the tunnel, and the combination of this with the delivery of the AKK.
“We will have a trans-Nigerian pipeline in place, and this will enable increased supply of gas into the network such that consumers in the East and in the West and in the West African sub-region and across the transnational pipeline into the North of the country will be energized.
“And the end result will be more industrial growth, more jobs will be created, power will be delivered to many moribund industries and, ultimately, it will bring in the required development that our country needs to have from our gas resources.
“We have never paid this much attention to it and getting this done within the calendar period that we have put out by ourselves, a maximum of 36 months and minimum of 34 months; and once this is delivered you will see the expansion in capacity.”