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.
NNPC attributed the incident to a bushfire, that had spread from Abakila in Ondo State. The incident led to the shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to the 1,320MW-capacity Egbin power station in Lagos; 676MW-capacity Olorunsogo NIPP station; 338MW-capacity, Olorunsogo I power station; 450MW-capacity Omotosho NIPP station and the 338MW-capacity, Omotosho I station.
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, spokesman of NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu stated 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.
After the Tuesday fire incident, the nationwide blackout had continued last Wednesday after efforts by the TCN to restore electricity failed, following a second system collapse of the transmission network.
The second system failure occurred when the Odukpani-Ikot Ekpene 330kV transmission line tripped, cutting off electricity generation and transmission from the Odukpani power station to the grid.
TCN had explained that NGPTC, the gas supply, and marketing subsidiary of NNPC, had indicated that a contractor had been mobilized to repair the affected segment of the Escravos-Lagos pipeline, so that gas supply to the Omotosho, Egbin, and Olorunsogo I and II thermal power stations could be restored.
According to NGC, work would be carried out day and night and was expected to be completed within 24 hours.