Wednesday, 28 May 2014
FG To Build Pipeline From Calabar To Kano – Alison-Madueke
The Federal Government has unleashed plans to construct the longest pipeline in the country from Calabar through Ajaokuta to Kano State in efforts to distribute gas around the nation.
This plan was revealed by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke as she delivered a paper called: “Encouraging Investment in Gas Production, Supply and Consumption” at a three-day National Conference on Gas Resources organized by the Senate Committee on Gas Resources in Abuja.
She said: “By the end of the year, we will be commencing, via Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme, the nation’s longest pipeline from Calabar via Ajaokuta to Kano State,”
The minister was represented by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu and she revealed that the strategic EastWest pipeline while the Lagos end segment of the Escravos to Lagos Pipelines System (ELPS) is almost done.
The minister revealed that by 2018 the main phase of the project would have been completed and the nation will be able to redistribute gas fast and safe, she said: “We are focused on jumpstarting gas supply to enable usage in gas to power, gas based industrialization, compressed natural gas for transportation and commercial usage, cooking gas for domestic usage and regional pipeline for gas export,”.
She revealed this project was to support aggressive short term demand growth in the power sector and will diminish its dependence on supply via obligation.