NNPC to Double Gas Supply to Industries, Power Plants

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Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
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GAS supply to industries and the power plants in Lagos, through the Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline, is set to double in the second quarter of the year following the planned commissioning of the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System II, ELPS II. ‎ Farouk Said,‎ group general manager, Gas Infrastructure Development, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, revealed plans for the commissioning of the project when he met with  the Senate committee on Gas at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.

He explained that the ELPS II is a 36-inch diameter and 342-kilomete pipeline, which traverses Delta, Edo, Ondo, Ogun and Lagos states. When completed, Said noted, the new pipeline would double the capacity of the existing ELPS currently supplying 1.1 trillion standard cubic feet of gas per day, adding that the new pipeline would serve as a back-bone of power supply as most of the power plants are located along the ELPS axis.

Aside the ELPS II‎, Said stated that there were six other ongoing priority gas projects being executed in tandem with the Federal Government Gas Master Plan, GMP, expected to reposition the country for industrialisation. He noted that the projects were approved by the last federal executive council, stressing that the success of the GMP would have a spin-off effect on the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

“We are currently executing six critical gas infrastructure projects. Four of them are pipeline projects, the others are the Gas Revolution Industrial Park, GRIP, and the Western and Central Processing Plants. We have completed concept master plan; we have also done ground breaking ceremony. We have cleared 535 hectares of the land out of the 585 hectares earmarked for GRIP.

Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority, NEPZA, has also appointed a developer and an alignment meeting has been scheduled by the end of February 2016, where all the stakeholders would get together, including the investor to fashion the way forward for the project.

—  Mar 7, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT

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