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Nigeria: Alaoji Power Plant receives new gas supplies

Nigeria’s unstable power supply could see an improvement due to gas supplied to one of the biggest power stations in the country, the Alaoji Power Plant.

The gas supply is being provided by a joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG).

According to a joint statement the development follows the completion and start up of the Obite-Ubeta-Rumuji pipeline (OUR pipeline) and the Northern Option Pipeline (NOPL) projects by the NNPC/TEPNG Joint Venture, THIS DAY reported.

The OUR Pipeline is reported to be a 42-inch gas pipeline, extending 45km  from Obite to Rumuji in Rivers State and will transport both domestic and export gas.

The NOPL project consists of a 50km, 24-inch gas pipeline (together with two above-ground installations), which starts at the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 58 in Rivers State and ends at the Owaza node in Abia State.

Alaoji Power Plant gets 100MMscf

The statement noted that the NOPL has the capacity to provide up to 300 million cubic feet of gas to the Eastern Grid Domestic Gas market, with Alaoji Power Plant taking up to 100MMscf/d to generate electricity while other users of domestic gas take up the rest.

Managing director and chief executive at Total E&P Nigeria Limited, Nicolas Terraz, said: “The completion of these pipelines is an important milestone in the activities of Total in Nigeria.

“The NOPL is unique and strategic in meeting the federal government’s objectives of gas supply to the domestic market.”

Focus on flaring and skills

These two critical gas infrastructures are part of the ambitious OML 58 Upgrade initiative to increase oil and gas production, improve integrity of the facilities and eliminate flaring from the mature onshore field, the statement said.

According to the joint venture, the projects recorded remarkable achievements in terms of Nigerian Content Development, providing training and capacity for youths in specialised skills and stimulating the local economy through the numerous contracts and employment opportunities created during and after the projects phase.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.