The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured that Electricity generation within gas power plants in southern Nigeria for supply across the country would not be affected by a fresh burst on a section of the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS).
The Escarvos to Lagos Pipeline had been ruptured by an explosion along Egbokodo-Omadino, in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. This happened four days after the resumption of gas supply through the pipeline after the completion of repair work following a fire incident that happened within the first week of the new year.
The NNPC, recently explained that routine gas supply to power generation plants linked to the ELPS would not be affected by the fresh fire incident that engulfed the line, adding that its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had directed that an alternative pipeline be re-streamed immediately to ensure gas supplies to the plants were not disrupted.
The NNPC in a statement from its Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja, said;
“Already, gas supply into the network via alternative sources has been ramped up ahead of ongoing repair works on the affected segment as directed by the GMD. The strategic Escravos to Lagos Pipeline System was affected by a fire at a segment along Egbokodo-Omadino, in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State in the early hours of Thursday”,
The NNPC stated that apart from being the main source of gas supply to some crucial power plants in the country, it also feeds the West Africa Gas Pipeline System.
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Meanwhile, statistics from the power sector team in the Office of the Vice President, disclosed that power generation had begun to come back up again following the initial generation loss that was caused by the earlier disruption in gas supplies from the ELPS. According to the statistics, power generation on January 11, 2018, averaged 4,061 megawatts (MW), up by 43.46MW from the previous day.