The country’s power supply, which had hit 4,400 megawatts few weeks ago, has dropped to 3,900mw, due to limited gas supply from the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and failure of the gas pipeline that feeds Sapele Power Station, THISDAY has learnt. It was, however, gathered last night that the excavation of the failed gas pipeline will commence today, for the purpose of laying new lines that will supply gas to the 240mw-capacity Sapele Power Station.
Managing Director of Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Saidu Mohammed, however, told THISDAY that the Sapele Station was shut down due to a leak on the gas delivery line and not as a result of inadequate gas supply. “The station has adequate gas supply but there is a delivery line, which has been leaking. They have to shut down the station to repair the leak,” he said.