AKK gas pipeline will deepen local content, says Odinuwe
Chairman of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Nik Odinuwe, has said the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas pipeline project will help to further deepen local content in the country.
Speaking on the successful groundbreaking ceremony of the project, Odinuwe congratulated Dr Emeka Okwuosa, Chairman and CEO of Oilserv Limited, and the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kolo Kyari for making the project a reality.
The project is expected to greatly enhance the nation’s energy security, create direct and indirect employment and promote development, technology transfer and local manufacturing.
While commending the Oilserve Consortium and NNPC for their foresight in initiating the project, he noted that Oilserve was one of the founding members of PETAN, and a long time champion and advocate of Nigerian Content in the oil and gas industry.
He added that the AKK Gas project is a Nigerian Content milestone and a vindication of the passage of the NOGIC Act, and a testament to the massive contributions of PETAN in the development of the Oil and Gas Industry and the Nigerian economy.
In a statement by Dr. Lucky Akhiwu, the Publicity Secretary of PETAN, Odinuwe observed that the AKK Gas Project is positioned to realise the long-held dream of developing the nation’s domestic gas transmission infrastructure as well as implementing Nigeria’s Gas Master Plan.
He emphasised that the project will also promote the domestication of technology in Nigeria, and concretize the gains of Nigerian Content by encouraging participation of indigenous companies in the delivery of the project. More than 3,000 Nigerian workers will be engaged in the project – helping to ease unemployment in the county.