Why TotalEnergies Declares Force Majeure Over Gas Pipeline Vandalization

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TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited has declared a force majeure resulting from its Northern option pipeline (NOPL) Line vandalisation at KP41 at the weekend. According to TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited in a letter to the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), “NOPL pipeline was vandalised 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. As a result of this development, TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited stated that “Gas supply to Alaoji Power Plant was suspended due to this unfortunate event.

Preliminary investigation to determine the extent of the damage is ongoing, and repair works shall commence as soon as feasible.” Located in the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 58 onshore Nigeria, the NOPL is an important development of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the NNPC2 (60%) and TotalEnergies (40%).

In line with TotalEnergies’ commitments to better energy, the project is facilitating the transport of associated gas to the National Integrated Power Plant at Alaoji, Abia State, Nigeria, thereby providing access to cleaner and purer energy (gas powered electricity) for millions of Nigerians.


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