Baru orders assessment of Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline fire


The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Maikanti Baru, has ordered the immediate
assessment of fire incident on Escravos to Lagos Pipeline (ELP).
The order is in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja by the NNPC
Spokesman, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu.
Ughamadu noted that the affected pipeline was a natural gas line which supplied
the commodity from Escravos region of the Niger Delta area to Lagos.
According to him, gas supply to some states will be affected as a
result of the inferno.
The spokesman stated that “the pipeline also supplies gas to power
plants in the South-West, in addition to feeding the West Africa Gas
Pipeline System.
“The incineration of the ELP which was built in 1989 was suspected to
have been caused by bush fire on Jan. 2, at Abakila in Ondo State.
“NNPC firemen were drafted to the scene and were able to contain the
fire from the leak point of the pipeline incident. However, the fire
could not be extinguished due to the high pressure of the line.
“To put off the fire, the line would require being isolated and depressurized, which might lead to complete
shutdown of the pipeline segment for repair works to be carried out.
“The exercise will affect gas supply to customers in Ondo, Ogun and
Lagos states.
“It will cause subsequent shutdown of the following power plants with
a combined generating capacity of 1,143MW: Egbin, Lagos, Olorunshogo,
PEL Olorunshogo, Ogun, Paras Power Plant, Ogun and Omotosho plants,
Ondo State”.

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