Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, has lifted force majeure on Brass terminal, Bonny NLNG and Okpai power plant following restoration of the Ogoda/Brass 24″ oil pipeline at Okparatubo, Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State Sweet crude reported.
Oilfield Africa Review has learnt that the force majeure was lifted after the pipeline was hit by blast on March 5, suspected to be owing to incessant activities of vandals. The blast whichtriggered all wells and the existing pipeline transporting crude were immediately shut-in whilst river booms and containment barges were mobilised to reduce the impact of the spill.
Crude production insitu shut-in pipeline was estimated at 25 kbopd oil and about 13 MSm3/d gas.The blast was the second in the area in a few days.Former event occurred on a riser of Obama/Brass 18″ oil line on 28th February and caused a production deferment of about 5,000 bopd for a few days.
The unfortunate incident occurred at a time when not fewer than 14 power plants have been in a limbo state for over two months, and reports of national grid collapses did the rounds, plunging the country into an endless round of power outages.
Okpai Plant is a 480 MW Integrated Combined Cycle Power Plant consisting of 2 Gas Turbine Generation Sets of 165 MW each and a Condensate-Type Steam Turbine of 150MW. It is fed with fuel gas by a 14-Km, 18-inch pipeline from NAOC’s Kwale Gas Plant. Along with the Power Generation Complex, NAOC JV also built a 55 km long 330KV Overhead Transmission Line, with 2 substations, to evacuate the power generated through the Onitsha sub-station.
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