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TotalEnergies declares force majeure over gas pipeline vandalisation

By Guardian Nigeria
11 January 2022   |   3:07 am
TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited has declared a force majeure resulting from its Northern option pipeline (NOPL) Line vandalisation at KP41 at the weekend.

Vandalised oil installation

TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited has declared a force majeure resulting from its Northern option pipeline (NOPL) Line vandalisation at KP41 at the weekend.

According to TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited in a letter to the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), “NOPL pipeline was vandalised on 7th January 2022 at KP41 Alaoma Etche Cluster. The Line Block Valve at KP38 was closed to isolate the sabotage point and depressurization of the line, this will affect gas supply to Alaoji (Power Plant) until further notice.

As a result of this development, TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited stated that “Gas supply to Alaoji Power Plant was suspended due to this unfortunate event. Preliminary investigation to determine the extent of the damage is ongoing, and repair works shall commence as soon as feasible.”

Located in the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 58 onshore Nigeria, the NOPL is an important development of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the NNPC2 (60%) and TotalEnergies (40%).

In line with TotalEnergies’ commitments to better energy, the project is facilitating the transport of associated gas to the National Integrated Power Plant at Alaoji, Abia State, Nigeria, thereby providing access to cleaner and purer energy (gas powered electricity) for millions of Nigerians.

The Management of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited hereby regrets to announce the shutdown of 504MW Alaoji Power Plant on January 7, 2022.

Recall that Omotosho NIPP was shut down last month when Nigeria Gas Company (NGC), due to system wide curtailment of all gas shippers (gas producers/off takers) by Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) “to forestall the imminent collapse of the gas grid.”

NGC said at the time that the Trans-Forcados Pipeline (TFP), belonging to NGC, was breached on December 17, 2021.

That breach led to the deferment of about 250MMscfd of gas from the Pipeline Network, a situation that brought the Network Pressure to abysmal levels, thereby triggering an emergency.

The curtailment impacted operations of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited negatively with Omotosho NIPP being shut down and gas supply to GEREGU NIPP and Ihovbor NIPP also limited thus leading to part load or low generation from these available power plants.

The Management of NDPHC hereby assures our customers that Alaoji Power Plant and others will resume power generation as soon as gas supply is restored.