An explosion has ruptured the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline (ELP) on Thursday at Ugbokodo near the Warri refinery in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.Local media reports said that the incident occurred at about 4am and blamed the explosion on the leaks from the gas pipeline in the community, which had earlier been reported to the management of the Nigerian Gas Company.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, who confirmed the explosion on the facility, said that repair work would immediately commence on the facility.
He announced that the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had directed that repair works be executed immediately on the part of the ELP that was ruptured by the fresh explosion along Egbokodo-Omadino so as to restore supplies from Escravos.
Ughamadu said that Baru also directed that gas supply from other sources like Oben, Oredo, Sapele, Ughelli and Utorogu be stepped up to augment any shortfall, as repair works had commenced on the pipeline.
The explosion on the pipeline took place four days after the resumption of gas supply to six power plants – Egbin (Lagos), Omotosho I and II (Ondo), and Olorunsogo I and II and Paras Energy (Ogun) – after the completion of repair work on the pipeline, which was damaged by a fire incident last week in another section of the pipeline.
Apart from supplying gas to local power plants, the pipeline supplies gas to the West African Gas Pipeline.