Pan Ocean’s Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline Project (AEPP) in Delta State, which is scheduled to come on stream before the end of the third quarter of 2017, will boost Nigeria’s crude oil exports by 160,000 barrels per day and also serve as an alternative to the much troubled Trans Forcados Pipeline (TFP) for oil companies operating in the western Niger Delta, THISDAY reports.

The Senior Pipeline Engineer and Project Lead of AEPP, Mr. John Okusolubo, said in a statement Wednesday that the objective of the pipeline project was to provide Pan Ocean Joint Venture and other producers such as Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Conoil, Sahara, and others an alternative export pipeline route to the existing TFP that had been a casualty of militant attacks.

According to him, the construction of the AEPP entails the use of continuous Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) method to install the entire pipeline length for the purpose of security from the act of vandalism, which is prevalent in the area. He stated that the AEPP is going to be a major export line that will give the opportunity for other injectors who may also be stalled by the erratic vandalism of the TFP to join in the transport of crude to Escravos.