Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc, one of the Partner-contractors on the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline Project, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, joined other Executives to attend Presidential Flag Off Ceremony of the project, where he underscored Public Private Partnership in accelerating the actualization of the Nigeria’s goals.
The company is a partner in a two party consortium consisting of Oilserv Limited and Oando PLC (Oilserv-Oando PLC consortium) handling the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) mandate for segment 1, accounting for 40” by 303.4km linear pipeline system for the Ajaokuta to Kaduna portion of the project.
Amidst the global pandemic, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari alongside other Government officials ‘virtually’ flagged off the landmark construction of the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kane gas pipeline project from the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, June 30 to the delight of Nigerians.
The AKK Pipeline Project, championed by two consortia comprising select indigenous and international companies, commenced in 2013 with the announcement for tenders by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Commenting on the AKK Pipeline Project, the Group Chief Executive, Oando PLC, Tinubu, said: “As a proudly Nigerian company, focused on driving indigenous participation we have always been proponents of public private partnership in accelerating the actualization of the nation’s goals.
“We have aspired to play an integral role in the building out of the National Gas Infrastructure and Pipeline Grid, as evidenced by our efforts in 2009, post the Nigerian Gas Masterplan when we participated in the unrealized Calabar- Ajaokuta- Abuja-Kano (CAAK) line.
“We have developed strategic partnerships with both private sector players and the NNPC in bringing sustainable solutions to spur the development of the country via our numerous gas development and distribution projects. We commend the NNPC for spearheading projects that will soften the headwinds occasioned by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are proud to be active participants in driving the country’s industrialization and actualization of the Gas Master Plan which will undoubtedly create employment opportunities and ultimately generate as well as enhance value for the nation.”
On April 19, 2018, following an extensive due diligence and bid process, a two party consortium consisting of Oilserv Limited and Oando PLC (Oilserv-Oando PLC consortium) was awarded the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) mandate for segment 1, accounting for 40” by 303.4km linear pipeline system for the Ajaokuta to Kaduna portion of the AKK Pipeline Project by the NNPC.
Speaking on the project, Oilserv said in a statement; “The project, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), will significantly curb gas flaring in the Niger Delta and guarantee better air quality in the oil producing region.
The AKK Pipeline Project, which will originate from Ajaokuta in Kogi state, traversing Abuja, Niger, Kaduna states, finally terminating in Kano state is the largest gas pipeline project in Nigeria’s history.
The project, expected to be completed within a 24-month timeline, is a 614km section of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) with the capacity to transport about 2.2billion cubic feet of gas per day. It will boost domestic utilization of natural gas for Nigeria’s social economic development when completed.
The project will support the addition of 3,600 megawatts of power to the national grid and connect energy demand from the Northern part of Nigeria with supply from the South thereby enabling power-starved communities across the Northern region to have greater access to electricity.
In addition, it will provide stranded commercial and industrial customers with a cleaner, more efficient source of self-generated energy. The project will enhance uptime at industrial clusters, enabling heavy duty plants in Northern parts of the country to return to internationally competitive operations. Furthermore, it will significantly curb gas flaring in the Niger Delta and guarantee better air quality in the oil producing region whilst preserving the ecosystem.