AS A BOOST to its plan of extending natural gas infrastructure beyond Lagos to other parts of Nigeria, Oando Gas and Power has secured the Right of Way (ROW)approval from the Akwa Ibom State Government for the construction of its 128 km South East gas pipeline project from Ukanafun in the state to Mfamosing, Cross Rivers State. The ROW within the Akwa Ibom state boundary is approximately 80 km out of the total 128 km for the project.
Already, East Horizon Gas Company, Oando’s subsidiary of Oando handling the project, has achieved over 15 km of pipeline construction within the Cross River state boundary, and now Oando is set to commence construction activities in Akwa Ibom State in time for the planned year end project delivery target. Commenting on the ROW approval, Mr. Bolaji Osunsanya, CEO of Oando Gas and Power, said, "We are very pleased with the Akwa Ibom ROW approval as it now positions us to meet our target to delivering gas to United Cement Company (UNICEM) and other customers by year end." This project will connect to the existing Obigbo-ALSCON line at Ukanafun Local Government of Akwa Ibom State and will run about 128 km through Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.
The pipeline project will involve major civil engineering works as it crosses eight major rivers and some swamp locations before terminating at the new United Cement Company factory (UNICEM), located at Mfamosing, near Calabar.