NNPC to begin repairs on Escravos-Lagos pipeline system

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is set to begin repairs on the burnt Excravos-Lagos Pipeline System, which disrupted gas supply to five power stations, THISDAY reports.

The national grid collapsed last Tuesday night following a fire incident reported by the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited (NGPTC) on its Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State. The Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), a subsidiary of the NNPC had pledged to work day and night to restore gas supplies to the five power stations within 24 hours. However, the spokesman of NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu said yesterday that repairs could not begin immediately because other steps had to be taken before repairs would commence.

“Have you been there to see the extent of the damage? The damage was massive and the first directive by the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru was that the fire should be put out. That has been done. He also directed that the extent of the damage should be ascertained and that has also been completed. The next step is to repair the pipelines and that will soon begin. But remember that the pipelines are insured,” Ughamadu explained.