Oscarline Onwuemenyi 28 January 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Total E&P Nigeria Ltd has announced that a section of its Northern Option Pipeline, NOPL, from Km 38 (at Obigbo) to Km 50 (at Imo River), was completed last week and is now ready for gas flow to the National Integrated Power Plant, NIPP, at Alaoji along the Imo River in Abia State.
The announcement was contained in a statement from the company which was made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday.
“This milestone will help bring to reality, the Federal Government’s aspiration of improved electric power supply in Nigeria and demonstrates Total’s commitment to meeting its promises to deliver Better Energy,” said Elisabeth Proust, Managing Director of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd.
The NOPL is a 24 inch wide, 50km long pipeline under construction by Total E&P Nigeria Ltd on behalf of the NNPC/TEPNG Joint Venture. When completed later this year, the project will deliver 100 million cubic feet of gas per day to this strategic power plant.
The statement further explained that in an effort to ensure early gas supply to newly built power plants, the Federal Government requested Total E&P Nigeria Ltd (TEPNG) to complete a section of the NOPL from kilometre 38 (at Obigbo) to Km 50 at Imo-River where the line connects to Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) facilities.
“This is the point that allows gas inflow to the Alaoji Power Plant. This intervention for early gas required that Total E&P mobilized additional resources to fast track the works in order to meet the deadline despite numerous changes associated with the difficult terrain.
“The Gas now being supplied to the Alaoji Power Plant during this interim period will come from Seven Energy, while NGC will transport the gas through their pipeline and the section of our NOPL,” it stated.
Total’s activities in Nigeria are carried out by Total E & P Nigeria Limited, operator of the NNPC/TEPNG Joint Venture, Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) and various Total E & P Deepwater subsidiary companies with best practices in corporate social responsibility (CSR), health, safety & environmental protection (HSE) and Nigerian content development.
Total is a leading international oil company and a world-class operator in gas and petrochemicals with operations in more than 130 countries.
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