NNPC Gas Pipeline Attacked

Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. reports that a pipeline that transports gas from Escravos to Warri in the Niger Delta has been attacked. The pipeline belongs to an NNPC subsidiary, Nigerian Gas Company. The pipeline was attached near Aturaja, which is not far from Escravos. It supplies gas to Nigeria s Egbin Thermal plant. With an installed capacity of about 1,300 megawatts, the Egbin plant accounts for about a quarter of Nigeria s installed power capacity, although it has been producing between 600-700MW.

A statement from the managing director of Nigerian Gas Company, Emmanuel Olukogum, said that the pipeline was suspected to have been blown up. He assured, however, that the company was making efforts to ensure that the impact of the attack was minimal.

A similar incident occurred in early April, when unknown people blew up a pipeline that supplies crude oil from Escravos to two refineries in Warri in the Niger in the Niger Delta, and Kaduna in the north. The two refineries have remained shut since then. The NNPC has been unable make repairs due to blocked access by local residents.