Seplat shut down cuts 528mw from national grid

The  Seplat Petroleum Company recent  shut down is costing the nation 528ww  of electricity daily. The company shut down the Oben gas plant for 10 days  to enable it expand the  gas  facility to  meet demand for its customers . The facility which was  initially owned by Shell Nigeria before divestment to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)  is vital in the supply of gas needed for power generation.

Seplat Petroleum Company

The 10-day long shut-down, will enable the company to complete its expansion unit with the existing plant, The exercise will reduce gas supply to the country’s power generating plants by 135 million standard cubic feet of gas per day..

Though, several  power  plants fired on gas  in the country  consume  different  brands of gas depending on their location,Daily independent learnt  that over  135mmscf per day generates an average of  528 megawatts of electricity .

Before the shut-down, power generation stood at 4,000 mw , due to persistence of vandalism of  gas supply pipelines by unpatriotic Nigerians .

The Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Petroleum, operators of NPDC/Seplat Joint Venture, Mr. Austin Avuru,  in a statement  made public recently said  that the shutdown, which will end by March 5, will  enable the company to complete  its newly installed, 2 x 75 million standard cubic feet of gas daily  unit into the company’s existing gas plant.

He said that the exercise will allow  , Seplat  operate  a  single homogenous plant consisting of 2 by 45 million standard cubic feet  and 2 by75 million standard cubic feet   trains and will be able to supply  240million standard cubic daily,  . This facility expansion and upgrades will bring the company’s overall daily gas production capacity to  over 300million standard cubic  daily.

Avuru further stated that during the shutdown, Seplat’s current daily production of 135 mmscf, from Oben node will “not be available, however, the company will maintain gas availability of 60mmscf daily from its Sapele node.”

According to him, the shut-down provides the company an opportunity to enhance its current gas delivery into the national gas grid.

He added that this achievement aligns with Seplat’s short to medium term domestic gas commercialisation strategy, while facilitating greater power generation in the country.

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