Thursday’s incident came four days after the resumption of gas supply to six power plants – Egbin (Lagos), Omotosho I and II (Ondo), Olorunsogo I and II and Paras Energy (Ogun) – following the completion of the repair work on the pipeline, which was damaged by a fire incident last week.
The corporation said in a statement that the Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had directed that an alternative pipeline be re-streamed immediately to prevent the disruption of gas supply to power plants in different parts of the country.
The Group General Manger, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, stated that gas supply to the network via alternative sources had already been ramped up ahead of ongoing repair works on the affected segment of the pipeline as directed by the GMD.
The NNPC noted that the strategic Escravos to Lagos Pipeline System was affected by a fire at a segment along Egbokodo-Omadino in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State in the early hours of Thursday.
Apart from being the main source of gas supply to some crucial power plants, the ELPS feeds the West Africa Gas Pipeline System.