Electricity supply in the country may worsen over the following weeks, due to an attack on the Escravos-Warri-Lagos pipeline system, which has a capacity of 800 million standard cubic feet per day of gas (MMscfd) by suspected militants loyal to leader of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.
The attack came shortly after a federal high court ordered the arrest of Tompolo over an alleged N34 billion scam.
The pipeline was blown-up, last week, at multiple points in Opudebubor, Okpelama and Kpokpo area, as well as Chanomi creek and Sahara, near Chevron platforms.
The pipeline supplies gas to power stations in Olorunsogo in Ogun State, Geregu in Kogi State, Omotosho in Ondo State and Egbin Power Station in Lagos State,
Distruption of gas supply to the power stations may lead to significant drop in power generation.
The Escravos-Lagos Pipeline, owned and operated by the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), a subsidiary of the NNPC, also supplies crude oil to Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, as well as gas feedstocks to the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo), West African Portland Cement Plants at Shagamu and Ewekoro in Ogun State, PZ Industries at Ikorodu, and City Gate in lkeja, Lagos.