Nestoil has attributed the delay in the completion of the East-West pipeline project to incessant rainfall, resulting in flooding of the operational areas.
The company’s Executive Director, Dr. Chukwueloka Umeh, said the pipeline project, also known as Obiafu, Obrikom, Oben (OB3) gas pipeline, was also impacted by militancy and the difficulty encountered in crossing the River Niger. He said that a delegation from the Vice President’s office, as well as from the Senate and the House of Representatives have inspected the project.
“They saw the challenges we faced and the level of work done and they were impressed and commended us,’’ he said. According to him, Nestoil’s part of the project has reached 87% completion. “We have finished the welding and are joining the spools and burying the pipes and expect to complete it by the first or second quarter of 2019, if the polity is stable considering that it is election year.”
The multi-million dollar OB3 gas pipeline is expected to increase domestic gas supply by two billion standard cubic feet per day (bscf/d) when it begins operation later in the year. At inception, the project was estimated to cost over $400 million.
Source: Energy Mix Report