The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it has begun an assessment of the damage caused by a fire on the Escarvos to Lagos Pipeline (ELP).
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 drafted to the scene and were able to contain the fire from the leak point, however, the fire could not be extinguished due to the high pressure of the line.
To put off the fire, NNPC said the line would require being isolated and depressurized, which might lead to a complete shutdown of the pipeline segment for repair works to be carried out.
Consequently, the corporation said the exercise will affect gas supply to customers in Ondo, Ogun and Lagos states with subsequent shutdown of the following power plants with a combined generating capacity of 1,143MW: Egbin, Lagos, Olorunshogo, PEL Olorunshogo, Ogun, Paras Power Plant, Ogun and Omotosho plant, Ondo State.
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 bush fire January 2, 2018 at Abakila, in Ondo State.