Nigeria restores supply of gas on Escravos pipeline affected by fire

Nigeria has restored gas supply to the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System near Okada that was affected by fire

Nigeria has fully restored the supply of gas on a pipeline affected by a fire last week, a spokesman for the state oil company said on Monday.

Gas supply to several power stations was cut off because of the fire on the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System near Okada in the southern state of Edo on Wednesday last week.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) owns and operates the gas pipelines which feed power plants in the country’s southwest.

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had previously announced that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Generation Companies (GENCOs) were working to restore the technical hitches recorded in the national transmission grid.

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A statement from the management of the ministry indicated that the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC) had reported a fire on its Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo on January 2.

The incident, according to the statement, requires a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW, Olorunsogo 338MW, Omotosho NIPP 450MW, Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW power stations.

It said the sudden loss of generation due to interruption in gas supply from the stations caused the national transmission grid to trip off around 8:20 a.m. on January 2.

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