FG Working To Restore Power After Fire Outbreak Causes National Outage
Nigeria’s Minister of Power,Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), has said that all departments are working to restore power after a near total power outage across the country on Tuesday at 20hrs local time.
In a statement, the minister of Power Raji Fashola said the “Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC) reported a fire incident on its Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018.”.
The minister said the accident caused an interruption in gas supply and “a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW, Olorunsogo 338MW, Omotosho NIPP 450MW, Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW power stations” .
“Most of Nigeria’s power generation is from thermal power stations that require gas for fuel. The gas is produced by oil and gas companies overseen by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The gas is delivered to the power stations through pipelines owned and operated by Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).” he said.