The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have confirmed that that repair works on the burnt Escravos-Lagos Pipeline have been completed. Supply through the gas pipeline was also confirmed with the resumption of gas supply to customers. The NNPC had earlier promised to commence repairs as soon as the fire was controlled and level of damaged ascertained. In a show of commitment in restoring the gas supply, they pledge to work day and night.
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The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing said the fire incident of January 2nd, 2018 on the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline led to the shut down of six power plants which are dependent on gas supply from the pipeline. The resumption of gas supply, has also led to the recovery of 1143Megawatts lost to the incident.
Fashola noted that in the first few days of the New Year, the power sector suffered a setback, which was caused by a damage to the gas supply network around Okada in Edo State.
“I am happy to inform Nigerians that as of last night, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation informed us that repairs had been completed. What remains is to test the lines and restore pressure and supply to the generation companies,” he said.
The incident affected gas supply to customers in Ondo, Ogun and Lagos states, with subsequent shutdown of a number of power plants. With the restoration of the ELP and resumption of gas supply, the affected power plants, with a combined generating capacity of 1,143 megawatts, will resume power generation.
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The power plants include Egbin in Lagos; Olorunshogo, PEL Olorunshogo and Paras in Ogun; and Omotosho in Ondo. The 36-inch Escravos to Lagos pipeline system was built in 1989 to supply gas from Escravos in the Niger Delta to various consumption utilization areas. It supplies gas to power plants in the South-West and also feeds the West African Gas Pipeline System.