Power generation to improve by 1,505MW, says NNPC
Electricity generation will improve significantly by 1,505 megawatts (MW) with the completion of the repair work on the sections of the sabotaged Escravos-Lagos Gas Pipeline network (ELPS), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said yesterday.
The Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, said in a statement that the completion of the repair work has ended the almost seven months of gas supply outage caused by wilful hacking of the pipeline in Delta State. The repair, he noted, would enable the re-injection of about 200 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) of gas into the grid, which is capable of generating about 700MW of electricity.
The Escravos-Lagos Gas Pipeline supplies gas to Egbin, the largest power station in the country with installed capacity of 1320MW and other stations. The Egbin power station currently has one of its six turbines out of use and has capacity to generate 1080MW but owing to lack of gas, it generates less than 500MW.
The NNPC spokesman said last week, the Corporation completed repair work on the pulverized Trans-Forcados Pipeline, which supplies 230 mmcf/d of gas, the equivalent of 805MW of electricity. “With the latest successful repair of the ELPS, the NNPC within the last one week is injecting a total of 430 mmcf/d of gas into the grid which translates to 1,505MW of electricity every day,” he added.
Ibrahim also stated that an additional 60mmcf/d is expected within the next three weeks when the ongoing repair work at the Utorogu gas plant is projected for completion. He said Nigerians should expect steady improvement in power availability through the course of the year.
He noted that despite short term challenges being experienced as a result of deliberate pipeline sabotage , the gas sector reform is ongoing and on course.
He said: “The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, directed an accelerated implementation of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan and this has resulted in an aggressive infrastructure development drive and major reforms of the commercial framework for gas in Nigeria. In the last three years alone, over 400kilometres of new gas pipelines have been completed and we are expanding pipeline capacity and enhancing connectivity between various gas supply sources.”
He said all PHCN and NIPP power plants are now connected to gas pipeline infrastructure while an additional 450kilometres are under construction currently, of which 340kilometres is due to for completion by the end of 2014 and the balance by 2016.
“The ongoing gas infrastructure work is the most extensive the nation has ever seen, with many new kilometres of pipeline being added every day. Gas production and supply have also grown to an all-time high of 1500mmcf/d from less than 500mmcf/d four years ago. Unfortunately, challenges of pipeline attack continue to undermine the impact of these great efforts,” he said.
Ibrahim noted that supply growth remains the priority of the NNPC and its Joint Venture partners.
“Many projects are being progressed to assure realisation of this objective. Before the end of the year, about 200mmcf/d new gas will be added to the grid as some projects are billed for completion in June and September. The trend is expected to continue through 2015 when many more projects are completed,” he said.