By Taofik Salako, Deputy Group Business EditorNigeria is finally on the verge of unlocking huge economic benefits arising from its natural gas endowment as OILSERV Limited starts of the construction AjaokutaKadunaKano (AKK) Gas Pipeline project.For many years, the country had been hindered by absence of gas transmission pipelines in her bid to harness its abundant gas reserves for provision of gas to generate electricity, and stimulate rapid industrialization using gas as feedstock for fertilisers, ammonia and other petrochemical applications.The commencement of the, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC-sponsored AjaokutaKadunaKano (AKK) Gas Pipeline project by leading indigenous EPC giantOILSERV Limited, is the cause for this renewed optimism.OILSERV had been awarded the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning of the first segment of the 614 km x 40-Inch Gas pipeline, which is from Ajaokuta to mid-way between Abuja and Kaduna. The second segment has been awarded to another company.The Nation gathered that OILSERV has achieved significant progress in a short spate of time including the ongoing detailed engineering design, topographical and geotechnical surveys, haulage and stacking of line pipes in preparation to commence construction activities.Read Also:Amaechi charges NIMASA on completion of deep blue projectGroup Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Melle Kolo Kyari, said the AKK project is central to resolving the power deficit challenge of the country.Its multiplier effect on the economy and provisions of jobs will be unprecedented. NNPC will give all necessary support to the Contractors to enable them deliver the project within time and within budget, Kyari said.Chairman, OILSERV Limited, Emeka Okwuosa, gave a pledge that EPC Company will leave no stone unturned to partner with NNPC and make the dreams of 200 million Nigerians come true by delivering the AKK project to global quality and standards.He said the capability of OILSERV has been honed in the course of successful delivery of landmark EPC contracts such as lot B of the 48inch OB3 gas pipeline system that is being inaugurated.The optimism and hope that this development represents is a clear elixir that is surely needed by the entire nation at this time. We wish OILSERV, NNPC and everyone else involved in this endeavour, success, Okwuosa said. Click here to read full news..