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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Shell Re-Opens Plant, Resumes Gas Supply to National Grid

This Day (Lagos)
6 November 2007
Chika Amanze-Nwachuku
Lagos And Omon-Julius Onabu in Warri

Utorogu Gas Plant, belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), has been reopened.

The plant was shut in the wake of the fire that gutted the 10-inch Utorogu-Ughelli Pumping Station condensate trunkline mid last month.
 
SPDC official who confirmed this in a telephone chat with THISDAY said, the company has resumed gas supply to the national grid which was suspended since the fire incident.

The condensate trunkline was been repaired a few days after the fire incident, but some leakages were discovered, a development which forced the company to again shut down the gas plant.

The fire incident, which was said to have been caused by Niger Delta youths, resulted in the deferment of some 300 million standard cubic feet of gas and the shut down of the 1,320MW Egbin Thermal Station with the capacity to generate 1,320MW, resulting in the loss of 800 MW.

The development forced the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) to shut down gas supply to Delta and Geregu Power stations, resulting in the black out experienced in parts of the country last week.

The SPDC source assured yesterday that the line has been fixed and that gas supply to the national grid has commenced normally.

A statement by Mr. Precious Okolobo of the SPDC West Media Relations Department yesterday expressed delight at the re-opening of the plant after the company’s team of engineers and technicians successfully carried out repair work on the damaged portions of the condensate pipeline as a result of two fires.

However, the company said yesterday that the facility was re-opened on Sunday, October 4, 2007 and “supplies to the national grid have been restored” following the resumption of production in the gas plant.

Reacting to the shut down of the power station last week, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria explained that the shut fall in gas supply to the power stations which started on October 15, had led to generation limitations thereby giving rise to the on-going load shedding.

“The shortfall in gas supply to Egbin, Delta and Geregu thermal power stations by the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) which started on 15th October, 2007 led to generation limitation thereby giving rise to the on-going load shedding. This has resulted to a total shut down of Egbin Power Station with the loss of 800MW”, the PHCN had said.

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2 Comments on “allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Shell Re-Opens Plant, Resumes Gas Supply to National Grid”

  1. #1 Dase Erere
    on Feb 19th, 2008 at 07:26

    Dear sir,
    I am writing to enquire about any recruitement in the gas plant or related company. I am currently living in Cardiff, Wales and I am studying in London. I am doing my MSc in petroleum, gas and energy management.
    My parents are indigence of the community in Delta State, Nigeria and I have been interested in this company since I was a young boy after visiting the Utorogu gas plant with my father. I will be finishing my Mastrers programme in July 2008 and would be very grateful if you would consider me for any vacant job opportunities. I would also consider doing voluntary for some time as this would give me more experience.
    I will be looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
    Yours Faithfully
    Dase Erere

  2. #2 Dase Erere
    on Feb 11th, 2008 at 20:09

    Dear sir,

    I am writing to enquire about any recruitement in the gas plant or related company. I am currently living in Cardiff, Wales and I am studying in London. I am doing my MSc in petroleum, gas and energy management.
    My parents are indigence of the community in Delta State, Nigeria and I have been interested in this company since I was a young boy after visiting the Utorogu gas plant with my father. I will be finishing my Mastrers programme in July 2008 and would be very grateful if you would consider me for any vacant job opportunities. I would also consider doing voluntary for some time as this would give me more experience.
    I will be looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

    Yours Faithfully
    Dase Erere

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