The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Total E&P Nigeria Limited joint venture have commenced the supply of gas to the Alaoji Power Plant in Rivers State, which was built under the National Integrated Power Project scheme, informed Punch.

The joint venture stated that this development followed the completion and startup of the Obite-Ubeta-Rumuji pipeline (OUR pipeline) and the Northern Option Pipeline (NOPL) projects by the NNPC/TEPNG Joint Venture, Nigeria Today reported.

Total E&P Nigeria Limited’s Managing Director and CEO, Nicolas Terraz, said: “The completion of these pipelines is an important milestone in the activities of Total in Nigeria. The NOPL is unique and strategic in meeting the federal government’s objectives of gas supply to the domestic market.”

The OUR Pipeline is a 42-inch gas pipeline, extending 45km from Obite to Rumuji in Rivers State and will transport both domestic and export gas. While, the NOPL project consists of a 50km, 24-inch gas pipeline,together with two above ground installations, which starts at the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 58 in Rivers State and ends at the Owaza node in Abia State. The NOPL has the capacity to provide up to 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day to the eastern grid domestic gas market, with the Alaoji power plant taking up to 100m scf/d to generate electricity, while other users take up the rest.