…facility isolated, depressurized
…undisclosed gas volume shut-in
The national oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has reported a rupture of its gas pipeline along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway stretch that supplies product to Ibadan north of the commercial city.
The facility, managed by Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC), a subsidiary of the NNPC, was ruptured by a construction company carrying out excavation work in the area, which resulted in gas leakage.
Kennie Obateru, NNPC spokesperson said the pipeline break was promptly contained through the efforts of NNPC team, officials from the Lagos State Government, and other stakeholders.
Faruk Usman, managing director of the NGMC said “the impacted section of the pipeline has been isolated and the pipeline depressurized such that it poses no danger to the public.” He did not disclose the cause of the rupture; neither did he rule out any sabotage.
However, it was uncertain the volume of gas that had been shut-in as a result of the accident.
Usman assured of safety around the scene of the gas pipeline rupture along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The corporation urged members of the public to go about their duties normally, as all safety measures have been put in place to avert any danger. It said that repair work has commenced to restore gas supply as soon as possible.