The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is set to commence repairs on the burnt Excravos-Lagos Pipeline System, which disrupted gas supply to six power plants. The fire incident which happened on Tuesday, January 2nd led to a national grid collapse which resulted in a nationwide blackout. The fire incident was reported by the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited (NGPTC) on its Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State. NNPC had attributed the incident to a bush fire, which spread from Abakila in Ondo State.
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The incident led to the shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to the 1,320MW-capacity Egbin power station in Lagos; 676MW-capacity Olorunsogo NIPP station; 338MW-capacity, Olorunsogo I power station; 450MW-capacity Omotosho NIPP station and the 338MW-capacity, Omotosho I station and Paras 60MW power stations.
The Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), a subsidiary of the NNPC had pledged to work day and night to restore gas supplies to the power stations within 24 hours. However, the spokesman of NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu made it known that repairs could not begin immediately because other steps had to be taken before repairs would commence.
“Have you been there to see the extent of the damage? The damage was massive and the first directive by the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru was that the fire should be put out. That has been done. He also directed that the extent of the damage should be ascertained and that has also been completed. The next step is to repair the pipelines and that will soon begin. But remember that the pipelines are insured,” Ughamadu explained.
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Reports gathered affirms that 96 hours after the Tuesday incident, gas supply has not been restored to the affected power stations. The development has led to drastic drop in power generation nationwide. For instance, the peak generation on Friday was 3,741.1MW compared to 4,685.3MW peak generation attained on Monday, a day before the fire incident.
The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, which confirmed the collapse and the shutdown of gas supply to the 3,182 MW plants, described the incident as a setback to the power sector.