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Published On: Tue, Jan 9th, 2018

Nationwide blackout averted as NNPC restores gas pipelines

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By Etuka Sunday

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it has restored
Escravos-Lagos Pipeline (ELP) which came down last week as a result of a fire incident.
The Corporation said, gas supply to customers on the line including power generating companies has also resumed.
NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu in a statement said, 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.
It would be recalled that a section of the ELP at Abakila in Ondo State blew up in flames on January 2, 2018 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.

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