Shell in a statement signed by Mr Tony Okonedo, corporate media relations manager of the company yesterday attributed the action to shortage of gas arising from the closure of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) following crude oil theft related leaks.
According to him, the shutdown of the TNP system, comprising the 28 inch and 24 inch streams also resulted in the deferment of 150,000 barrels of oil per day, and aeqaully leading to tank tops and non-evacuation of condensate from Okoloma Gas Plant which supplies Afam VI Power Plant with feed gas.
“SPDC had to shutdown Okoloma Gas Plant today (Tuesday) as it could not continue to produce gas without the evacuation of condensate”, Shell said.
Afam VI Power Plant was available at 624MW capacity, but supplying only 105MW to the national grid due to reduced gas volume at the time of shutdown it said. The latest leak on the TNP according to the statement, occurred on the 24inch stream at Owokiri on July 11, but said a Joint Investigation Visit comprising government agencies, community and civil society representatives and SPDC personnel found that unknown persons had installed a 6inch crude theft valve on the facility. It said SPDC repaired that leak, and was working to remove other crude theft points that were discovered in the process. The 28inch TNP had earlier been shut in for removal of similar oil theft
connections while the company is striving to repair the TNP as quickly as possible, and restore operations that will enable power generation to resume at Afam VI Okonedo assured.
He said ‘SPDC is deeply concerned about the negative impact of incessant crude theft activities on lives and environment in the Niger Delta, and also the loss of electricity to businesses and households across the country’.
Information from Leadership was used in this report.