The Escravos gas plant belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited on the Western Gas Network to the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System has been shut down for pipe laying and tying in of wells. This development would affect power generating plants that rely on gas and an estimated 300megawatts would be lost while it lasts.
A statement issued by the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) however assured of measures to reduce the impact of the shutdown.
The pipeline was shut down on November 26 and this is expected to last for three weeks.
The shutdown is "an important and scheduled interruption to enable Chevron tie in wells and lay pipes for sustainable gas supply to the domestic market and the gas-to-liquid plant," it said.
"I wish to assure Nigerians of efforts to mitigate the impact of this partial and temporary shutdown of a Chevron gas facility which will reduce gas availability for a few weeks," said Engr. Beks Dagogo-Jack, chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power.
"We in the PTFP and other relevant government agencies like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian Gas Company have put in place measures to minimize the impact of this shutdown."
Explaining the palliative measures, Beks Dagogo-Jack revealed that other gas stations have commenced supplying gas to compensate for the shortfall. "Oben is currently back in service from maintenance, putting 40 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) and increasing; Oredo, newly commissioned, is supplying 65 mmscfd; and there's an increased production of 30 mmscfd from Utorogu," he said. "The outstanding shortfall will constitute a short term challenge but part of it will be augmented from the hydro stations."
While admitting that the gas supply interruption will impact on electricity supply, the PTFP Chairman further gave the assurance that the impact has been sufficiently mitigated.
Dagogo-Jack further appealed to those responsible for resolving the gas situation at Chevron to ensure that the situation does not linger beyond the stipulated three weeks.