The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru said that NNPC has the capacity to produce gas to generate about 6000MW of electric power by the second quarter of 2017 but that the power sector is presently struggling to evacuate 4,500MW due to the Distribution Companies’ (Discos) incessant rejection of allocated load.
Dr Baru disclosed this during his speech, titled; “Domestic Gas Utilization in Nigeria: From Producers to Users,” at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Oloibiri Lecture Series in Abuja. He stated the DisCos load rejection along with pipeline vandalization and transmission line problems as the constraint stopping the NNPC from supplying gas to ensure power generation at that level. He emphasized on pipeline vandalism, saying that gas pipeline vandalism has been the most disruptive challenge to supply across the country, but more recently in the West.
“I will like to use this medium to appeal to the militants in the Niger delta to stop the attack on pipeline infrastructure,” he said.
“It is also a challenge in the East with recurrent breach of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) almost on a weekly basis. The result of this is major disruption of gas supply in the East impacting on three power plants at Afam belonging to NNPC/SPDC JV, PHCN and RVSG.”