Escravos-Lagos Pipeline Restored, Gas Supply Resumes
The Escravos-Lagos Pipeline (ELP) which came down last week as a result of a fire incident has been restored and gas supply to customers on the line including power generating companies resumed.
A statement by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Monday and signed by Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manger, Group Public Affairs Division, stated that the repair work on the pipeline followed the directive by the Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, to carry out an assessment of the damage with a view to getting a prompt solution.
On January 2, a section of the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline at Abakila in Ondo State blew up in flames as a result of bush fire.
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 1,143MW would resume power generation.
The power plants include: Egbin Power Plant in Lagos State; Olorunshogo Power Plant, PEL Olorunshogo and Paras Power Plant in Ogun State; and Omotosho Power Plant in Ondo State.
The 36-inch Escravos to Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) is a natural gas pipeline 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.