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Oben Gas Plant shut for expansion work

13 August 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – THE Oben gas plant has been shut down by owners, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Limited, for a scheduled upgrade operation.

Seplat Petroleum, operator of the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company/Seplat Joint Venture (JV) Oil Mining Licenses, OMLs, 4, 38 and 41, said the plant would be shut down for two weeks.

The company said the scheduled shutdown of the Oben gas plant is part of plans to upgrade the plant to extend its lifespan by another 20 years and also achieve specification of the West African Gas Pipeline, WAGP.

Mr. Emmanuel Otokhine, the company’s head of corporate communications, said in a statement that the shutdown is the concluding part of the plant upgrade which the NPDC/SEPLAT JV has invested significant amount of money to undertake.

The statement quoted Mr. Austin Avuru, managing director of Seplat, as saying the upgrade is another testimony of the joint venture’s unwavering commitment to ensuring a long-term supply of abundant, clean, relatively cheaper fuel to end-users in Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Benin.

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