Nationwide blackout looms as Alaoji power plant shuts down

The management of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited on Tuesday announced the shutdown of 504MW Alaoji Power Plant.

This is as a result of the NOPL Line vandalization at KP41 belonging to TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited on January 7, 2022.

TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited has declared a Force Majeure Event as a result of the incident which has left colossal damage on the facility.

TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited stated that “Gas supply to Alaoji Power Plant was suspended due to this unfortunate event.

According to a statement by Emmanuel Ojor, head of Communication and public relations of NDPHC, preliminary investigation to determine the extent of the damage is ongoing, and repair works shall commence as soon as possible.”

The curtailment impacted operations of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited negatively with Omotosho NIPP being shut down and gas supply to GEREGU NIPP and Ihovbor NIPP limited thus leading to part load or low generation from these available power plants.

The Management of NDPHC hereby assures our customers that Alaoji Power Plant and others will resume power generation as soon as gas supply is restored.

EP Nigeria Limited in a letter to the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), “NOPL pipeline was vandalized on 7th January 2022 at KP41 Alaoma Etche Cluster. The Line Block Valve at KP38 was closed to isolate the sabotage point and depressurization of the line, this will affect gas supply to Alaoji (Power Plant) until further notice.

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