21 January 2014, Abuja – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday raised alarm over attacks on gas pipelines by vandals. The act which the corporation described as acts of sabotage, would cost a reinstallation bill of over N800million, said the Group Managing Director, Andrew Yakubu in a press conference at Abuja.
He said the vandals blew up the pipelines with dynamites, and this has resulted in the loss of (480mmsf/d) over 30 per cent of installed gas capacity for power generation, adding that, the lost gas would have been enough to generate 1,600mega watts (MW) of power for the nation.
Yakubu said upon the completion of the repairs, the contractors would present the full cost of reinstallation to the corporation for demobilisation.
Pressed to state the actual cost for the repair of the, the NNPC boss said : “I don’t want you to get away with the impression that we don’t know what we are doing here. At the point of the attack, when the initial assessment was done, before we realised that there were many other points, the assessment was pegged at N200million.”
“But as we speak, because of the multiple segments that were discovered later, what we have as at today (yesterday) is N800million.”
He listed the vandilised pipelines to include the Escravos-Warri stretch of the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) which accounts for (190mmcf/d) and the Trans-Forcados crude pipeline (230mmcf/d).
Yakubu attributed the remaining supply shortfall to maintenance issues at Utorogu gas plant (60mmcf/d). The outage of the ELPS A pipeline has been on for over six months due to willful acts of vandalism at various locations between Escravosand Egwa location. ’’
The GMD recalled that on the 25th of June 2013, an explosion rocked the ELPS and further investigation revealed that dynamite had been used on four ruptured points.
He noted that engineers from the Nigerian Gas Company were mobilised immediately to commence repair works but as repairs progressed, more points of rupture emerged.
“At the last count, 20 ruptured points have been identified, all due to deliberate dynamite explosion. NGC completed repairs in November and on commissioning in December, rapid pressure loss was experienced, indicating further rupture in weakened locations. We have since effected repair of these new points and re-commenced commissioning activities, “ he said.
The GMD noted that all things being equal, gas supply will be reinstated in the weeks ahead.
– The Nation