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The federal government is planning to construct the longest pipeline in the country from Calabar via Ajaokuta to Kano State, as part of efforts to ensure steady supply of gas to meet growing market demand.
Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke disclosed this while delivering a paper titled:
“Encouraging Investment in Gas Production, Supply and Consumption” at a national conference on gas resources organised by the Senate Committee on Gas Resources in Abuja.
“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,” she said.
Represented by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu, the minister said that at present the federal government was constructing the strategic East-West pipeline while the Lagos end segment of the Escravos to Lagos Pipelines System (ELPS) is nearing completion.
She said almost 500km of new gas pipelines has been completed and commissioned including the doubling of the capacity of the EPLS between Escravos and Oben and the extension from Oben to Geregu and River Imo to Alaoji respectively.
The minister said that by the end of 2018, the backbone pipeline infrastructure for gas would have been delivered, concluding an initial phase of over 2500km of gas pipeline infrastructure development.
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