By Clara Nwachukwu
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC’s challenges in acquiring the right of way, RoW, for the 120km x 48 inch Ob/Ob Oben East-West Gas Pipeline is one of the reasons for the delay in the delivery of the project.
The Federal Government awarded the contract for the project in 2012 to enhance domestic gas supply, particularly for gas to power.
The pipeline is meant to bridge gas supply shortages to the power plants to boost generation capacity.
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Oilserv/Frazimex Group, Mr. Emeka Okwuosa, whose company is one of the contractors handling the project, disclosed this at a briefing on the sidelines of the ongoing Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, in Houston, Texas.
Okwuosa, who said his company is handling half of the engineering procurement and construction for Nigeria’s biggest gas pipeline, said his portion of the contract will now be delivered within 20 months, as NNPC concludes acquisition of RoW for the project.
He noted that RoW is a major land issue in projects execution in the country because “you will have to negotiate with the land owners on meter by meter basis.
“We only got approvals last month (April) and we will soon commence on the project.”
He said the Ob/Ob project is among the 11 industry projects worth about $550 million being handled simultaneously by the group, adding that none is interfering with the other.
He disclosed that Oilserv had been successful in acquiring the RoW for its projects because it had discovered the secret of dealing with the host communities.
He said: “We try to understand the feelings of the communities, and their needs in order to create a win-win situation. This comes in the provision of infrastructure and jobs for the people.”