The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it was close to wrapping up funding arrangements on the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project. Group managing director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this while speaking at the Nigerian Day during the 30th edition of Gas Technology Conference in Barcelona, Spain, this week, explained that tremendous progress was recorded towards securing funding for the project during the last visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Beijing, China.
Baru, who was represented at the event by NNPC chief operating officer, Gas & Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, revealed that the corporation had gone far in negotiating the terms of funding as well as the best payback structure for the project, affirming that the financial partners were willing to collaborate with the corporation on the matter.
The AKK gas pipeline is designed to enable gas connectivity between the east, west and north, which is currently inadequate. It would also enable gas supply and utilisation to key commercial centres in the northern corridor of Nigeria with the attendant positive spin-off on power generation and industrial growth.
The GMD said the ground-breaking ceremony for the project was near, explaining that Nigeria was focused on expanding its critical gas infrastructure such as pipelines which would lead to a gas grid covering the entire country.
“Once you have the whole nation covered with a gas grid, industries will naturally spring up along the way and litter the entire country. That is our target in the long run,” Baru noted.
The GMD described the coming of Train 7 of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) as a “big bang” that would usher in new developments for Nigeria’s energy sector and expand the nation’s economy, adding that the project was also capable of unlocking new vistas for country’s LNG potentials.
Baru, who said the corporation had been looking forward to the FID on Train 7 in the last ten years, revealed that the wait would soon be over, even as he commended the federal government and the various shareholders for their support towards the NLNG project.
He said Nigeria was looking outwards with its gas resources because God has blessed the country with abundant reserves.
“We cannot consume out our gas resources in the next 50 years, even if we generate as high as 40,000mw for power. We are happy that in the NLNG is a credible company capable of competing in the international arena,” Baru added.
Baru further stated that beyond the LNG business, Nigeria was looking at other ways of marketing its enormous gas resources such as the establishment of a gas hub which would lead to the springing up of fertiliser, petrochemical and other gas-based industries in the Niger Delta and across the entire country.
On his part, managing director of the NLNG, Mr. Tony Attah , described Train 7 as the next big thing not only in Nigeria’s gas industry, but also in the global gas arena.
He stated that the company had made tremendous progress on Train 7, assuring that all the shareholders remained ever committed to supply of gas feedstock for the project.
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