The East-West pipeline, popularly called Obiafu, Obrikom, Oben (OB3) gas pipeline, will change the face of electricity generation in the country when it finally comes on stream in 2017.
The OB3 gas pipeline, which is an initiative of the Federal Government to solve part of the perennial problem of gas evacuation to power plants, upon completion and at peak supply, will inject a maximum of two billion standard cubic feet (scf) from the current 1.5 billion scf of gas to aid power generation.
Former President, Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) and Managing Director of Oilserv Limited, one of the companies involved in the construction of the 48-inch pipeline, covering about 120km and supply gas to thermal power plants, Mr. Emeka Okwuosa, in an interview with Daily Sun at the Oil Technology Conference (OTC), which ended recently in Houston, Texas, USA, explained that the project would supply gas to power plants within the Niger Delta region and beyond.
At peak supply, we are looking at maximum of two billion standard cubic feet (scf) of gas. Whether you achieve that or not depends on whether you have enough gas to feed it.