The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari disclosed that plans to commence work on the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Pipeline (AKK) project had been concluded.

The NNPC concluded the plans with the China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited (CPPECL) and Brantex Consortium. Kyari made this known when he received the President of CPPECL, Sun Quanjun and the head of the Brantex Consortium at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.

Punch reports that according to Kyari, the AKK project was key to resolving the power deficit challenge in the country, adding that the NNPC was ready to give all necessary support to CPPECL and Brantex Consortium to deliver the project within time and budget.

NNPC, Chinese firm conclude plans to commence AKK project 

Kyari also urged the China Pipeline Company to use it as a platform to access other bigger opportunities in the oil and gas industry’s pipeline projects.

“We think you can deliver on the AKK project. If you execute the AKK project, we will also support your company to grow her imprint in Nigeria. I assure you that this partnership will be beneficial to us all and deliver value for the Nigerian people,” he said.

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While speaking on the partnership, the CPPECL President, Quanjun said that his company along with Brantex Consortium was prepared to deliver on the AKK project. He said that new pipeline technology systems would be deployed so as to guarantee the integrity of the project for several decades to come.

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He added that his company would also establish a training facility in Nigeria that would help in the training and retraining of its Nigerian employees. This Quanjun assured the NNPC boss that his company had one of the best pipeline training centres in China.

What you should know: The AKK pipeline is a 614km-long natural gas pipeline currently being developed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. It is expected to be extended to Algeria in furtherance of African integration drive.

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