‘Increased gas supply to NIPPs improves power generation in Nigeria’

12 September 2912, Sweetcrude, ABUJA – NATURAL gas supplies to the three major National Integrated Power Projects, NIPP, stations at Alaoji, Olorunsogo and Sapele have increased to 240 million standard cubic metres, the Nigerian government has said, citing this for improved power supply in the country.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, told newsmen that the NIPP stations at Alaoji, Olorunsogo and Sapele, with a capacity of 60 million standard cubic meters of gas, have seen increased gas supplies.

Okupe said: “The annual gas supply for the three power-based plants is 60 million standard cubic meters each, which makes it a total of 180 million standard cubic metres. What we have now for the three powers-based stations is 240 million standard cubic metres.

According to him, the improvement in the gas supplies is as a result of the state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan on gas supplies.

He continued: “The implication of this is that there is an improved and increased 240 million standard cubic metres and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is also adding another 100 million standard cubic metres and this will automatically lead to more than 7,000 megawatt power generation before December this year and also longer hours of power supplies and excess power generation of 2000mw will be added to the national grid by December”.

He said, based on this, there was longer need for Nigerians to buy generating sets for private power generation and supply.

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