NNPC Pipeline Fires Cause Nationwide Blackout
Power supply in Nigeria was like on autopilot from September 2017, most major cities and even rural areas were beginning to feel like centers in advanced countries with records of 24 hours power supply.
Suddenly, a day into the new year, during the night around 10pm that roller coaster was rudely terminated by a bush fire some where in Edo State when the pipelines supplying gas to several power generating stations in the South West were touched.
The needed gas stopped flowing and so was power supply to all parts of the country. How so sad.
According to the release from the supervising Ministry of Power, Works and Housing: “Regrettably, after a sustained period of increasing production and distribution of power since September 2017 to date, the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC) has reported a fire incident on its Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018.
The incident 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.
The sudden loss of generation due to interruption in gas supply from these stations caused the national transmission grid to trip off around 20:20 on 2nd January 2018. The national transmission grid is owned and operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).”
As if this problem of black out and its attendant discomfort were not enough for one day, the National Grid collapsed again the following day, 3rd January due to the tripping of the Odukpani-Ikot Ekpene 330kV transmission line cutting off electricity generation and transmission from the Odukpani power station in Cross River State to the grid.
In the statement released by the General Manager Public Affairs TCN, Mrs. Nidi Mbah appealed for public understanding and assured that the NNPC subsidiary, had already mobilized to site and was currently effecting repairs on the burnt pipelines, adding that as soon as repairs were completed, gas supply to the affected power stations and power generation will commence.