The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has concluded plans for the commencement of work on the Abuja-Kaduna- Kano pipeline project, popularly known as AKK Project.
A statement by NNPC’s acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Samson Makoji, noted that the project would be executed in collaboration with China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited (CPPECL) and Brantex Consortium.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, according to the statement gave this indication when he received the President of CPPECL, Sun Quanjun, and the head of the Brantex Consortium on Wednesday at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
Kyari stated that the AKK project was key to resolving the power deficit challenge of the country, stressing that NNPC was ready to give all necessary support to CPPECL and Brantex Consortium to deliver the project within time and within budget.
He explained that the AKK project was very important to the nation and urged the China Pipeline Company to use it as a platform for other bigger opportunities in the oil and gas industry pipeline projects.
The NNPC boss said, “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.”
Earlier, Mr Quanjun said his company and Brantex Consortium were 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.
He added that his company would also establish a training facility in Nigeria that would help in the training and retraining of its employees here.
The CPPECL President also gave assurance that his company had one of the best pipeline training centres in China.
Barely one week after snubbing an invitation to dialogue with the Nigerian government, the Niger Delta Avengers militant group appears to have made a U-turn.
The group, through its spokesperson on Monday, have stated a number of conditions that it expects the Nigerian Government to meet before it would engage in any form of dialogue.
The group is requesting that the home countries of international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta must be involved in the peace process.
It also says the sincerity of the Nigerian government is paramount and would be a major factor that would determine if its call for dialogue would be successful or not.
The group has also warned the government, oil companies and their services firms not to carry out any repairs works and suspend the buying of crude oil from the Niger Delta region pending the creation of “the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue”.
“The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue, we only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and last peace talk.
“We want the federal government to commit members states of the multinational Oil Corporations to commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue; we believed that it is only such environment that will engender genuine dialogue that will be aimed at setting up a framework for achieving the short, medium and long term demands of the Niger Delta to de-escalating this conflict and bring about a lasting peace.
“We are warning this government of President Muhammadu Buhari not to turn the essence of genuine peace talk and dialogue to political jamboree that is prevailing now where all manner of social media agitators and criminals have being sponsored by the job seeking corrupt political class to save faces before the government of the day.”
The group concludes, “We want a peace with honour not a peace of our time.”
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has cautioned the federal government over military option as a measure to tackle the resurgence of militancy and other criminality in the Niger Delta region.
The British High Commissioner was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, shortly after his courtesy visit to the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.
He also advocated for dialogue as part of a comprehensive approach that should be adopted by Nigerian government to address the situation, adding that force alone may not bring about a lasting solution to the Niger Delta issue.
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), an armed militant group, and other violent youth organisations have been launching violent attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta area.
Early on Friday, the Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed three new attacks in the Niger Delta region.
The group said through its Twitter account that it had blown up a pipeline in Bayelsa State owned by Italy’s ENI, hours after attacks on another ENI pipeline as well as one belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC).
This is sequel to several other attacks they have carried out in recent weeks resulting in international oil companies shutting down their facilities and consequently a drop in the country’s revenue from oil.
The action has forced the federal government to respond by deploying troops to the area’s creeks to stop the alleged destruction of national economic assets and spate of sabotage being perpetrated there by the region’s restive youths.
The Niger Delta Avengers militant group has claimed three new attacks in the Niger Delta region.
Early on Friday, the group said through its Twitter account that it had blown up a pipeline in Bayelsa State owned by Italy’s ENI, hours after attacks on another ENI pipeline as well as one belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC).
The group said on a Twitter account it uses to claim attacks that it has blown up the Brass to Tebidaba crude oil line in Bayelsa.
The pipeline is used to transport Brass River crude, which was placed under force majeure after an attack in May, to an export terminal.
Hours earlier, the group said it blew up the Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba and Clough creek-Tebidaba pipelines in Bayelsa and a Shell forcados export pipeline.
That grade has been under force majeure since an attack on a sub-sea pipeline in February.
ENI has not confirmed or denied the attacks, but a spokesman for the SPDC, which operates the forcados line, says the company is “investigating reports of an attack on its pipeline in the western Niger Delta.
A total of 1,082 truckloads of petrol (PMS) have been loaded and distributed nationwide according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
A daily nationwide PMS supply and distribution schedule released on Saturday says that 20 import vessels laden with a total volume of 830,079,000 million litres have been confirmed to arrive in the month of April.
The schedule adds that the combined national stock (marine and inland) is over 700,000 litres.
It adds that, over the weekend, eight NNPC and marketers’ vessels discharged at various depots and jetties nationwide, while 16 NNPC import and shuttle vessels have been programmed to do ship-to-ship operation for onward discharge to inland depots.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it is discharging five vessels of petroleum products, to stop the long queues that have persisted at fuel service stations.
Also, the private operators are importing and discharging at least 120 million litres of petrol across Nigeria to put an end to the scarcity of petrol.
The Group Executive Director of the NNPC Mallam Bello Rabiu, on Wednesday briefed reporters about what the corporation was doing to end the petrol crisis.
According to him, about 1,500 trucks would soon be deployed every day to saturate the market in a very short time.
The Group General Manager Public Affairs of the NNPC was also at the briefing with the Executive Directors Upstream and Downstream.
The disclosure is coming on a day the Nigerian Senate called for an investigation into the operations of the NNPC’s Joint Venture Cash Calls Obligations.
The upper legislative arm of government had said it would begin investigations into the operations of the NNPC after Senator Bassy Akpan drew the attention of the Senate to what he called the inability of the corporation to meet this obligation.
Nigerians are still wasting man hours waiting to buy petrol, even after apologies and promises to end the crisis in weeks or is it in months.
The NNPC also gave clarification over forex for independent importers who want to bring in petrol.
Beyond the press conferences and investigations, Nigerians look forward to the day NNPC will fulfil its promise of ensuring sustainable import, making sure that the refineries work and that pipelines are secure.