The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Limited has lifted the force majeure on Bonny Light exports following the repair and re-opening of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) and Nembe Creek Trunk line (NCTL).
SPDC said the TNP was repaired after a joint investigation visit found that a leak was caused by an illegal connection that failed.
While the force majeure lasted, power supply and generation in the country fell below 4,000 megawatts following the shutdown of both TNP and NCTL.
SPDC had on Thursday, August 27, declared a force majeure on the export of Bonny Light crude oil, one of Nigeria’s main export grades, following the shutdown of both the TNP and the NCTL.
Precious Okolobo, Manager, Corporate Media Relations, SPDC, said recently that a leak was reported on the TNP at Oloma in Rivers State, while the NCTL was shut down for the removal of crude theft points, adding that the SPDC was working to repair and reopen the two lines as quickly as possible.
These developments caused the nation about 1,047.3 megawatts (mw), according to a data obtained from the Presidential Task Force on Power.
The TNP transports about 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day to the Bonny Export Terminal and is part of the gas liquids evacuation infrastructure critical for continued domestic power generation at the Afam VI power plant and liquefied gas exports, Shell said. Afam VI power plant has a generation capacity of 624mw.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria announced that electricity peaked at 4,748mw August 24, but as at August 31electricity generation stood at 3,843.16mw, while 3,763.40mw was sent out, according to the PTFP.
According to data from Federal Ministry of Power, on August 30, power generation was 4,117.73mw, while 4,029.83mw was sent out.
Goodknows Igali, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, said electricity had been stable in the country lately because there was no case of gas pipeline vandalism; recalling that vandalism was the bane of electricity supply during the last administration.
He said things improved with the decision of the current administration to engage the communities through which the pipelines pass. This, he said, led to increased gas supplies and improved power supply nationwide currently at 4,600mw.

Oluchi Ugboaja
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