NNPC TO EXTEND GAS PIPELINE PROJECT TO NORTH AFRICA

NNPC TO EXTEND GAS PIPELINE PROJECT TO NORTH AFRICA

Originally published on Mar 21, 2019

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed plans to extend the ongoing Ajaokuta- Kaduna- Kano (AKK) gas pipeline across the Sahara to Algeria in North Africa.

The statement was revealed yesterday by the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, when the executive officers of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) paid him a visit in Abuja.

He said that the AKK gas pipeline to Algeria was in furtherance of its African integration drive, adding that it was also in line with plans to extend the West African Gas Pipeline, (WAGP) to Morocco.

Baru also noted that the the Kolmani River-II well, whose spud-in was inaugurated in January by President Muhammadu Buhari, was progressing satisfactorily with drilling so far at 6,700 feet, noting that the target of the corporation was 14,200.

He made this disclosures when he received an award from executives of the petroleum technology association of Nigeria (PETAN), commending him for his achievements in office.

He however explained that President Muhammadu Buhari, should be commended for the progress being made, noting that he has been supportive of the corporation's search for hydrocarbon resources in Kolmani River. He also said that its recent foray into inland exploration in parts of the country was part of the government's plan.

The Chairman of Petan, Mazi Bank Anthony Okoroafor, commended Baru for engineering transformation in every aspect of the petroleum industry since his assumption of office.

Okoroafor, cited the resumption of exploration in the inland basins and the flag-off of Bonga south-west project which has been in the shelf for more than 10 years as fruits of Baru's visionary leadership and doggedness.

He stated that the “Visionary Leadership Award” was given to Baru as a mark of appreciation in honour of his sterling performance.

Baru also commended PETAN for its contribution to the development of the Nigerian Petroleum industry.