The Abuja-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline project has been holding the key to resolving the power deficit challenge of Nigeria. The managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Mele Kyari, who stated this in Abuja yesterday, explained that it was the reason why the NNPC is offering all necessary support to the foreign partners on the project to deliver the project within time and within budget.

Kyari said that the NNPC, China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited (CPPECL) and a Chinese firm, Brantex Consortium, would soon commence work on the Abuja-Kaduna- Kano pipeline project. Receiving a delegation of the partners, led by president of CPPECL, Sun Quanjun and the head of the Brantex Consortium at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, Kyari said that the AKK project was very important to the nation. He urged the China Pipeline Company to use it as a platform for other bigger opportunities in the oil and gas industry pipeline projects.

“We think you can deliver on the AKK project. If you execute the AKK project, we will also support your company to grow her imprint in Nigeria. I assure you that this partnership will be beneficial to us all and deliver value for the Nigerian people,” Mallam Kyari informed.

Earlier, the president of China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited, Quanjun, said his company along with Brantex Consortium was prepared to deliver on the AKK project, stressing that it would deploy its new pipeline technology system capable of guaranteeing the integrity of the project for several decades to come.

Quanjun added that his company would also establish a training facility in Nigeria that would help in the training and retraining of its Nigeria employees, assuring that his company had one of the best pipeline training centers in China.

By Chibisi Ohakah

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