The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the electricity generating companies (GenCos) said effort is on to restore the grid after it was shut down as a result of a fire incident that occurred on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018, appealing for patience from the Nigerian public.
According to a press statement received from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC) reported the fire incident which necessitated shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW, Olorunsogo 338MW, Omotosho NIPP 450MW, Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW power stations.
The sudden loss of generation due to interruption in gas supply from these stations caused the national transmission grid to trip off.
Most of Nigeria’s power generation is from thermal power stations that require gas for fuel. The gas is produced by oil and gas companies overseen by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The gas is delivered to the power stations through pipelines owned and operated by Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).
“TCN and the generation companies are working to restore operation of the national grid. Once the national grid is restored output from the hydroelectric power stations and all other unaffected gas fired thermal power stations will be increased to the extent possible to minimise the impact of loss of generation from the affected power stations while NNPC takes necessary steps to restore gas supply.
“We urge members of the public to bear with us as we work to overcome this set back which should be temporary,” the statement noted.