The Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) Gas Pipeline at Inikorogha, Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State in south-western Nigeria has been blasted by some vandals.The General Manager, Public Affairs of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Seun Olagunju, said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that the act would affect power supply in the country.
She disclosed that the development “has once again affected gas supply to electricity generation and resulted in the reduction of generated power to the national grid “.
“The vandals also struck the Trans- Forcados Pipeline a month ago and while restoration efforts were being completed, they struck again.
“You may recall that early in February, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, signed several MoUs with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth Matters and several NGOs to embark on sensitization of Nigerians to desist from acts of vandalism and report any plan to vandalize gas and power infrastructure,” she said.
The TCN assured that government was unrelenting in efforts to check these acts of sabotage, including introducing sophisticated technology in order to provide more reliable and stable power supply to the people.
“TCN regrets any inconvenience and assures that the NGC was working assiduously to ensure the quick restoration of gas supply through the blasted pipeline to generation companies while it remains prepared and equipped to efficiently evacuate generated power received from the Gencos,” the statement added.