Lagos, Ondo, Ogun To Remain In Blackout As Fire Guts NNPC Pipeline

Some states in the western parts of the country may remain in blackout, as repair work is yet to commence on the damage caused by a fire on the Escravos to Lagos Pipeline (ELP) , which supplies gas to six power plants in the west .

Customers in Ondo, Ogun and Lagos States are expected to be without electricity until the level of damages caused by the outbreak of fire on the ELP System around Okada in Edo State have been ascertained.

As a result , power plants in Egbin, Lagos; Olorunshogo IPP, PEL Olorunshogo, Ogun; Paras Power Plant , Ogun; and Omotosho plant, Ondo state respectively with combined generating capacity of 3,072 megawatts (MW ) will remain shut down.

The Ministry of Power attributed the outage to the collapse of Nigeria’s transmission grid on Tuesday night, which resulted in nationwide outage , with attendant loss of 3,072 megawatts (MW ) of power.

But report from source reveals yesterday evening that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), owners of the pipeline was only able to draft firemen to the scene to contain the fire from the leak point of the pipeline.

However, the fire could not be extinguished due to the high pressure on the line, which supplies gas to power plants in the South West, in addition to feeding the West Africa Gas Pipeline System.

NNPC Group Spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, said in a statement yesterday that the Group Managing Director, Dr.Maikanti Baru, has ordered an immediate assessment of the damage caused by a fire on the ELP, a natural gas pipeline which supplies gas from the Escravos region of the Niger Delta area to Lagos.

NNPC also said the exercise will affect gas supply to customers in Ondo, Ogun, and Lagos State with subsequent shutdown of the six power plants.

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