Relief as NNPC/Total JV resumes gas supply to Alaoji power plant
Life will some return to the Alaoji Power Plant owned by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company as Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) Joint Venture has commenced supply of gas to the plant.
This is coming as the completion and start -up of the Obite-Ubeta-Rumuji pipeline (“O-U-R pipeline”) and the Northern Option Pipeline (“NOPL”) Projects by the NNPC/TEPNG Joint Venture in August 2016 comes on stream.
Delivery specifications show that the O-U-R Pipeline is a 42-inch gas pipeline, extending 45 km from Obite to Rumuji in Rivers State and will transport both domestic and export gas. The NOPL project consists of a 50 km, 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.
A statement from the company said 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.
Nicolas Terraz, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, said the completion of these pipelines is an important milestone in the activities of Total in Nigeria, adding that the NOPL is unique and strategic in meeting the Federal Government’s objectives of gas supply to the domestic market.
The steady gas supply will deepen power supply to the coverage region and grow business.