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Pipeline fire hits Nigeria power supply

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The fire at the Escravos-Lagos pipeline owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. in the southern Edo state required a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to the 1320 MW Egbin power plant, the nation’s biggest, and five others, according to an emailed statement by the Power, Works and Housing Ministry.

The interruption tripped the national transmission grid on Tuesday.

Most of Nigeria’s power is from thermal generation.

The gas produced by oil and gas companies is delivered to the power stations through pipelines owned and operated by Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company, a unit of state-owned NNPC.

The state-run Transmission Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the national grid, and the generating companies are working to restore operations.

Gas supply to several power stations was cut off because of the fire on the Escravos Lagos pipeline system near Okada in the southern state of Edo, the ministry said.

Nigeria’s state oil firm, which owns and operates the gas pipelines, said it was working to restore gas supply on the affected pipelines, which feed power plants in the country’s southwest.

Putting out the fire “might lead to a complete shutdown of the pipeline segment” and hit gas supply to customers in the three southwestern states of Lagos, Ondo and Ogun, the company said.

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