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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in line with its initiative to integrate Africa, has revealed plans to extend its gas supply across the Sahara to Algeria. Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, made this known in a statement after he received an award from the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).

The planned expansion will see the ongoing Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline system stretched from Kano to Algeria in northern Africa.

The MD also reaffirmed the government’s plan to extend the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) to Morocco, one of the three economic cooperation agreements signed in Rabat last year, by President Muhammadu Buhari and King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

The state-run oil company has recorded major progress in its search for crude in the northern part of the country. So far, drilling in the Kolmani River II well in Bauchi state has reached 6,700 feet so far, from a target of 14,200 feet.

According to Baru, the recent inland exploration in the country was part of the government’s plan and the president has been supportive of the search for hydrocarbon resources in Kolmani River.

Last year, the NNPC said that it was working in collaboration with a Chinese consortium towards concluding the procedures for funding the $2.8 billion AKK pipeline.

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