The Federal government says the nation’s energy landscape is set for a major change with the award of a $2,809,522,548.36 gas pipeline contract approved by the Federal Executive Council as proposed by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to the media in Abuja.
Shehu quoted the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, as informing the FEC that the project is for the construction of a 40 inches pipeline across 614 kilometres from Ajaokuta to Abuja-Kaduna-Kano. “This should mark an important landmark in the implementation of the first phase of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan approved in 2018,” Shehu said.
The presidential spokesman added that the second contract approved under what he called “massive, blockbuster investment” is for the engineering, verification, procurement and construction of a 40 inches 30 kilometres Odidi to Warri gas pipeline expansion project. This, he explained, was meant to transport additional gas supply from upstream producers to various demand points at the cost of N7.7bn and $56m.
He added, “The projects, which can rightly be termed as being among of the President’s pet projects is owed, in part to his vision and momentum back in his days as the federal commissioner for Petroleum Resources.
“Gas pipeline infrastructure had been concentrated in the coastal areas and the North and the East had been left largely untouched by the industrial revolution that has come with the gas pipeline network. It is therefore not surprising that the western part of the country is having more economic activity.”
Shehu said the ruling All Progressives Congress which campaigned on the issue of inclusive growth was of the view that the achievement of a balanced and equitable national development could only come with a balanced growth of the states and the regions.