NNPC Restores Escravos-Lagos Pipeline, Resumes Gas Supply to Power Plants
The cheering news in the country is that the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline (ELP) which came down last Tuesday night as a result of a fire incident has been restored and gas supply to power generating companies resumed.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) disclosed this Monday 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.
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 disrupted gas supply to power plants in Ondo, Ogun and Lagos States with subsequent shutdown of a number of power plants and causing several system collapses which the nation is yet to recover from.
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.