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FG To Complete $700M Gas Pipeline In March

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The Federal Government (FG) revealed on Tuesday that the $700m Obiafu/Obrikom/Oben gas pipeline, popularly known as OB3, would be completed in March 2024. This was made known on Tuesday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, during the 7th Nigeria International Energy Summit in Abuja, where he noted that the OB3 gas pipeline as one of the biggest gas transmission systems in Africa.

He said, “Another milestone in our journey towards a gas-focused economy is the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline. I am pleased to report that significant progress has been made in the construction of this critical infrastructure project, and we are on track to ensure its completion and commissioning as scheduled.

“The Obiafu/Obrikom/Oben (OB3) is a vital piece of gas infrastructure for the supply of feedstock to the AKK pipeline. This pipeline is among the biggest gas transmission systems in both Nigeria and Africa.

“I am elated to announce that going by the contractor estimates, the OB3 pipeline will be completed by March 2024 and the 42-inch diameter 127km pipeline will supply 2BCF (2 billion standard cubic feet) per day.”

The project which started in 2016 is also known as the East-West pipeline and connects the Obiafu-Obrikom gas plant near Omuku, Rivers State, to Oben in Edo State.