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On his latest visit to one of the sites of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline project, NNPC Limiteds group CEO, Mele Kyari, said that it has neared 70% completion 

"The AKK Gas Pipeline will flow 2Bscf/d and will power industries, power plants and create gas-based industries. By Q3 2023, we will complete the entire welding job on this line which means we will be able to energise it by the end of this year," he said. 

With as many as 30 active sites in this project, more than US$1.1bn has been spent to actualise it. Hopeful that the group will deliver this self-financed project, Kyari said,“As we speak, we don’t owe a dollar to our contractors today. We have paid all their invoices.” 

When the AKK pipeline work had begun in June 2020, authorities had promised that once completed, the project has the potential to generate 3.6 GW of power and support gas-based industries along the route.

The pipeline runs from Ajaokuta in central Nigeria to Kano, passing through Kaduna.