Power generation drops as Seplat shuts Oben gas plant

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The break down in electricity generation in the country has been attributed to the 10 days shut-down of the Oben Gas Plant by Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, which is a joint venture between Seplat and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The 10-day long shut-down, according to the company, will enable it to tie in its expansion unit with the existing plant which will reduce gas supply to the country’s power generating plants by 135 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (MMSCF).
Before the shut-down, power generation was said to have hovered around 3,800 megawatts due to the persistent acts of vandalism on the gas supply pipelines.
It was also said that Power generating plants consume gas at different rates and that 135mmscf per day generates an average of 528 megawatts of power.
The Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Petroleum, operators of NPDC/Seplat Joint Venture, Mr. Austin Avuru, said in a statement recently that the shutdown, which will end by March 5, will enable the company to tie in its newly installed, 2 x 75 mmscf/d unit into the company’s existing gas plant.
“Post tie-in operation, SEPLAT will have a single homogenous plant consisting of 2 by 45 MMSCF and 2 by75 MMSCF trains and will be able to deliver 240MMSCF/D WAGP (West African Gas Pipeline) specification gas post-commissioning, from the Oben node. This facility expansion and upgrades will bring the company’s overall daily gas production capacity to slightly over 300mmscf/d,” he said.
Avuru further explained that during the shutdown, Seplat’s current daily production of 135MMSCF, from Oben node will “not be available, however, the company will maintain gas availability of 60mmscf daily from its Sapele node.”
He noted that the shut-down will provide the company an opportunity to enhance its current gas delivery into the national gas grid, adding that this achievement aligns with Seplat’s short to medium term domestic gas commercialisation strategy, while facilitating greater power generation in the country.
Seplat recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministries of Petroleum Resources and Power, in conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the National Electricity Regulatory commission (NERC) as well as NNPC, and Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited for gas supply.
“The company’s investment to develop its gas infrastructure buttresses our commitment to boost gas supply to the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and support the Federal Government’s commitment to the reform of the Power Sector,” Avuru said.

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