As security agencies intensify the search for culprits behind the act,
it has been established that the weekend’s attack on the Nigeria Gas
Company’s pipeline connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at
Escravos, will impact negatively on the Olorunsogo NIPP plant
(capacity 600MW), and other Power Plants .
The sabotaged gas pipeline which contributes to the Escravos Lagos
Pipeline System (ELPS) has led to a loss of 160mmsfcd of gas daily. At
a cost of $2.50 per thousand scf, this loss means about $400,000 loss
to the country on a daily basis (N78,800,000 daily) in gas volume.
This is in addition to losses to be incurred daily from affected Power
generation ($1,988,223 or N391,680,000 daily). The total daily loss to
the country is therefore estimated at N470,479,931. Repairs of the
damaged pipeline is estimated as costing ($609,137 or N120,000.000).
The real sector of the economy has also been counting its losses as
some cement companies around Olorunsogo like Ewekoro and Ibese are
The latest incident has occurred just as the Federal Government
through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Ministry of
Petroleum Resources along with allied agencies has been making
concerted efforts to improve gas supplies to the Power Plants. Such
efforts led to previously offline plants like Ihovbor and Sapele
coming back online and the subsequent output making up for the loss
in power. The pipelines are being actively monitored for further
attacks or other unforeseen impacts.
Available records show that six incidences of vandalism from December
2014 to February 2015 which affected the Trans Forcados Pipeline (at
Oben, Sapele, Oredo ) and Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (CNL) led to
a loss of 1,100 MMScfd. According to industry experts, a loss of 200
MMscd is equivalent to a Power reduction of 700MW.
While the industry is currently generating about 4120Mwh/h on average
(as at 17/01/2016), it is without doubt that performance would have
been better without the additional setback caused by the weekend’s
It would be recalled that during the monthly meeting of the Minister
of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN with operators
in the Power Sector last week the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC), the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the GACN led by the
Minister of State of Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu shared information on
significant gas projects that will improve gas supply which are
scheduled for completion in Q2 of 2016 and also highlighted some of
the challenges especially related to security affecting delivery of
gas to the power sector.
In response to this, NNPC is forming a committee NNPC, Police, JTF
(which includes Army, Airfoce and Navy) and also community vigilante
groups, who have been tasked with the responsibility of securing these