Expect More Blackouts – NNPC To Lagos, Ogun, Others
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that more blackouts should be expected across the South-Western states as it begins an assessment of the damage caused by a fire on the Escarvos to Lagos Pipeline (ELP).
The ELP is a natural gas pipeline which supplies gas from Escravos region of the Niger Delta area to Lagos.
According to a statement by NNPC’s spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, though firemen were already drafted to the scene and were able to contain the fire from the leak point, the fire could not be extinguished due to the high pressure of the line.
To put off the fire, NNPC disclosed that the line would require isolation and depressurization, which might lead to a complete shutdown of the pipeline segment for repair works to be carried out.
The pipeline also supplies gas to power plants in the South West, in addition to feeding the West Africa Gas Pipeline System.
The incineration on the ELP, which was built in 1989, was suspected to have been caused by a bushfire January 2, 2019 at Abakila, in Ondo State.