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.
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.