Grid Collapse: Baru Orders Compete Shutdown of Pipeline Segment
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru has ordered a complete shutdown of the pipeline segment that supplies gas to some thermal stations.
This will enable the repair of the national power transmission grids that collapsed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The shutdown will affect the supply of gas to customers in Lagos, Ogun and Ondo States and would reduce the generating capacity of the thermal stations of Egbin Lagos, PEL Olorunshogo, Olorunshogo, Ogun, Paras Power Plant, Ogun and Omotosho plant, Ondo State by 1,143MW.
Baru also ordered an immediate assessment of the damage caused by a fire on the Escarvos to Lagos Pipeline (ELP).
The pipeline supplies natural gas from Escravos region of the Niger Delta area to Lagos and some parts of the South West and West Africa Gas Pipeline System.
It was gathered that the incineration might have been caused by bush burning, which resulted in fire disaster of January 2, 2018, at Abakila, in Ondo State.
NNPC firemen were immediately drafted to the scene and were able to subdue 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 necessitate being isolated and depressurized, which might result in a complete shutdown of the pipeline segment for repair works to be carried out.