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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Massive blackout looms as Niger Delta militants destroy gas pipelines


The attacks on the Escravos–Warri-Lagos Pipeline may lead to significant drop in power generation as a result of disruption of gas supply to power stations in Olorunsogo in Ogun State, Geregu in Kogi State, Omotosho in Ondo State and Egbin Power Station in Lagos State.
THISDAY reports that an engineering team from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been sent to ascertain the impact, as well as the implications of the multiple breaks on the gas pipeline.

The pipeline was blown-up Thursday night at multiple points in Opudebubor, Okpelama and Kpokpo area, as well as Chanomi creek and Sahara, near Chevron platforms with reports linking it to resumed militancy in the delta.
It was gathered that the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline, owned and operated by the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), a subsidiary of the NNPC, also supplies crude oil to Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, as well as gas feedstocks to the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo), West African Portland Cement Plants at Shagamu and Ewekoro in Ogun State, PZ Industries at Ikorodu, and City Gate in lkeja, Lagos.
It was not however clear if the section of the pipeline impacted would affect gas supply to these companies and crude oil to the Warri Refinery.
But the Group General Manager in charge of Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, told THISDAY that the attacks would affect gas supply to some power stations.
He however stated that he was not sure if it would lead to complete shutdown of the affected power stations.
Reports say 1,320 megawatt-capacity Egbin Power Station in Lagos receives all its feedstocks through the Escravos-Lagos pipeline system, which has a capacity of 800 million standard cubic feet per day of gas (MMscfd).
Also the 434megwatt capacity Geregu 1 Power Station in Kogi State, and the Geregu NIPP Plant, which has the same installed capacity rely on Escravos pipeline for gas supply.
Others include Olorunsogo Power Plants 1 and 2 in Ogun State; and Omotosho Power Plants 1 and 2 in Ondo State.
When asked how soon NNPC would repair the pipelines, Alegbe said, “the attack has just happened.”
“I will get in touch with NGC to find out their plans to repair the pipeline” Alegbe added.
Until a thorough assessment of the causes and impacts of the attacks are conducted engineering team dispatched to the scene of the attacks, nothing concrete can be made out of the development for now, another NNPC source said.
“We are careful to manage the situation. We do not want to say anything different from what the technical team which is already on ground will eventually find out,” the source added.

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