The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has directed that repair works should be executed immediately on the ruptured Escravos to Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) that caused explosion at Ugbokodo on Thursday morning.
Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, acknowledged the development yesterday and directed immediate repair work on the ELPS.
“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.
“Dr. Maikanti Baru, has directed that repair works should be executed immediately,” the NNPC said in a statement.
TheNewsGuru reports the explosion happened at the Ugbokodo Gas Riser/Manifold situated in Okpẹ Local Government Area of Delta State contrary to what the NNPC said in its statements.
Meanwhile, the NNPC on Friday explained that routine gas supply for power generation is not affected by the fire incident as the NNPC GMD had directed that an alternative pipeline be re-streamed immediately to ensure gas supply to power plants in parts of the country is not disrupted.
“Already, gas supply into the network via alternative sources has been ramped up ahead of ongoing repair works on the affected segment as directed by the GMD,” the NNPC said.
Apart from being the main source of gas supply to some crucial power plants, ELPS feeds the West Africa Gas Pipeline System.