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GACN, NNPC coordinate Post-AKK forum engagement

By Ismail Abdulaziz

The Gas Agregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) coordinate the post-AKK forum with Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) states to promote gas use and economic development before the completion of the AKK gas pipeline.

The 2021 Gas Stakeholders Forum, organized by the Gas Agregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) was successful, there is no doubt that the participants were welcomed in the former commercial capital of northern Nigeria; Kano, left with the firm belief that the $ 2.8 billion Ajaokuta – Kaduna – Kano (AKK) pipeline project is becoming a reality and that the federal government is on track to reorganize the economies of the Northern states and, indeed, Nigeria.

The two-day event entitled “Optimizing the Economic Development Capacity of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline Project”, was kicked off by a colorful and energetic drama by famous Koroso dancers. Their performance was attended by dance troupes Egbira, Kalangu, Gbayi, Mada and Gaada, illustrating the rich and hospitable northern culture with rhythmic melodies sufficient to soothe and ease the guests after their trip to Kano.

The main deliverable of the event is raising awareness among the Nigerian population, especially the business community, of the enormous economic opportunities inherent in the AKK project once completed. Were present the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, GMD NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, AKK State Governors and their representatives, key industry players, including more than 500 participants from stakeholders gas, joined together virtually and physically.

The main traditional players were not left out as the Emir of Kano and the Emir of Bichi competently led a host of other traditional representatives in attendance.

Indeed, the event was an illustration of the significant progress made in the Nigerian gas sector under the leadership of the government of President Muhammad Buhari.

There is a growing consensus that milestones such as the implementation of the Gas Transmission Network Code, the ongoing completion of the ELPS-2 and OB3 pipelines, etc. Resources and the GMD, NNPC.

Clearly, Nigeria is moving in the right direction with continued prioritization and use of gas to drive economic growth.

For the avoidance of doubt, the main takeaways from the AKK Gas Sector Forum on July 29, 2021 are highlighted below:

1. The AKK pipeline is a reality. This has been supported by solid economic projections, including recent progress in the AKK project completion schedule and.

2. There are short-term commercially competitive sourcing solutions through virtual pipelines to develop and mature the northern market, thereby enhancing the viability of the AKK pipeline prior to its completion.

3. The need to develop and deepen strategic partnerships within the community of gas companies to optimize the benefits of the project through a concise framework.

To this end, the GACN and the NNPC have embarked on the arduous steps to materialize the main results highlighted at the Forum and their efforts are already paying off. Two memoranda of understanding on the use and expansion of gas between NNPC, GACN, Kano and Kaduna states, respectively, have already been executed while discussions with Kogi and Nasarawa states are being finalized.

Indeed, GACN and NNPC are working with the Nasarawa State government to organize a roundtable on Nasarawa gas companies in Lafia on November 4, 2021. The Memorandum of Understanding on the use of Nasarawa gas NNPC – GACN – Nasarawa State would be executed during this event. .

The executed MoUs require a joint multi-stakeholder task force, comprised of gas suppliers, virtual pipeline solution providers and AKK state officials, to collaboratively deliver gas supply strategies and solutions. compatible with the identified priority projects of the private and public sectors of the AKK States.

The team has already started gas marketing discussions with various state government officials to determine gas requirements for their priority projects. Consultations with leading gas solution providers are underway to provide a short-term, competitive and robust end-to-end gas supply plan to meet the gas needs of the identified critical clusters of gas demand and demand. ‘electricity, free zones, parks and industrial zones in the various states.

Going forward, GACN is committed to continually pursuing gas marketing and use projects through to completion. At the risk of stating the obvious, this will not be limited to AKK states alone, as indeed, plans are already underway to hold a practical follow-up event in the South East to bring together all stakeholders and participants from the gas sector to gas. use and expansion in the south-eastern region of the country.

This notable follow-up event is expected to take place on Tuesday, February 24, 2022 in the southeastern commercial center town of Nnewi in Anambra state.

The roadmap for achieving the FGN’s aspiration in the gas sector is clear.

GACN, in collaboration with NNPC and other key gas players, is committed to providing economically sound and competitive solutions to expand and deepen gas penetration in the national gas market.

Source: NAN

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