FG to fast track implementation of gas master plan

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The state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced the construction of a pipeline to convey gas from Abuja through Kaduna to Kano in line with the gas master plan of the Nigerian government, APA learns here Wednesday.
A statement issued by the Group General Manager of the Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe in Abuja said that the NNPC had established a project steering committee, which would from now on take up the responsibility of ensuring efficient and accelerated implementation of the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project.

The statement quoted the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Joseph Dawha, as saying that while progress was being made in the execution of the adjoining gas pipeline project as well as the looping of the Escravos- Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS), the implementation of the AKK project had been slow and out of sync with government’s desire for its accelerated implementation.

It noted that the gas pipeline project, which was conceived and approved under the National Gas Master Plan by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the project is designed to transport gas for power and manufacturing industry usage to these key northern axes from Ajaokuta to Kaduna and to Kano.

Nigeria's Petroleum Minister and OPEC's alternate president Diezani Alison-Madueke adjusts her glasses at the annual IHS CERAWeek conference in HoustonDawha said at the inauguration of the committee that the AKK assignment was a priority project to the country as one of the cardinal programmes of the transformation agenda of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

“In order to strengthen this critical government national priority project and have it refocused for accelerated implementation, there is the compelling need for the establishment of a dedicated AKK project steering team with clear governance structure,� Dawha said.

NNPC noted that the steering committee comprises Dawha as its chairman, and NNPC’s Group Executive Directors of Gas and Power, Exploration and Production as well as Commercial and Investment as members.

According to the statement, the committee will be responsible for providing general guidance and direction for the project, grant approval for business models, equity participation, budgets, contracting strategy and appropriate reporting to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, as well as endorse strategic investors and recommend as appropriate to government for approval.