…plans 4600MW power plants
In line with the presidential mandate on oil exploration in all the frontier basins, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has contracted the geological mapping of the Bida Basin to Ibrahim Babangida University.
“We have contracted the geological mapping of the Bida Basin to Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai and the job would be completed in three months,” Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru Stated.
He explained that once the geological mapping is completed, the NNPC’s Integrated Data Services Limited would be engaged to carry out the other aspects of the seismic activities, which would be completed by July 2018.
The NNPC chief said the Corporation would go into more detailed 2D seismic data acquisition in the Bida Basin by August 2018, to be followed by an environmental impact assessment exercise in order to establish what the baseline is, which would signify the need or otherwise for the deployment of 3D acquisition facilities.
He also disclosed that The recently approved contract for the construction of Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline project, dubbed AKK Pipeline, has started yielding early benefits with the commitment by NNPC to build power generating plants with combined capacity of 4,600 megawatts in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano States.
Speaking during a meeting with the Executive Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, in Abuja, the NNPC boss said the Corporation, in partnership with private investors would build power generating plants to support the federal government’s effort to provide stable electricity in the Country.
“As part of the drive to establish power plants to augment the power supply to the nation, the Federal Executive Council has recently approved the AKK Gas Pipeline project to be financed through Public Private Partnership (PPP). The project comes with other auxiliary ones which include, 1350megawatts, 900megawatts and 2350megawatts of power generation plants in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano respectively,” Baru stated.