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NNPC appeals to militant groups as it begins pipeline work

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The Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) has reportedly stated that construction of the 650 km Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline has begun. Baru explained that explained that the company had tendered the project and the tender process would conclude in 2Q17.

The company is expecting contractor financiers to start construction of the project.

“The Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano pipeline is currently on tender. This project would soon be awarded under a contractor financing scheme. The pipeline is a typical example of public private partnership and it is being tendered and would be funded by partners who would recover their investments from the operations of the pipeline,” said Baru.

During the same speech, Baru also appealed to militants in the Niger Delta to stop attacks on the region’s oil facilities. He claimed that this would help tackle its unemployment and infrastructural challenges.

"On this note, I will like to use this medium to appeal to the militants in the Niger Delta to stop the attack on pipeline infrastructure to enable us sustain our plan and grow the industry for the benefit of all Nigerians.

"Gas pipeline vandalism has been the most disruptive challenge to supply across the country, but more recently in the West.

"The Trans-Forcados crude oil pipeline (TFP) has been the major victim of attacks, so also the ELPS gas pipeline has seen surprising increase in attacks,” he commented.

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