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Monday, 22 April 2013 00:00
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WAPCO fixes April 30 to supply gas to end users in Africa

Relieve will come the way of the consumers of West African Pipeline Company Limited  (WAPCO) as the Management of the gas distribution firm located at Ajido, Badagry  has fixed April 30 as deadline for commencement of supply of gas to the end users in  Benin, Togo and Ghana.

This development follows the repair of gas pipeline that was raptured by ship in Benin Republic on August 28, 2012.

The General Manager Corporate Affairs of the company, Mrs. Harriet Wereko Brobby  who addressed  newsmen who went on facility tour of the gas complex at Ajido in Badagary, Lagos recently said that Baker Haugh the contractor handling the restoration of the raptured will complete the few remaining job on the site before the commencement of gas  transportation to the customers in the region.

“We have made remarkable efforts of restoring the damaged pipeline in Benin Republic on August 28, 2012 by ocean going vessel.

The raptured pipeline has been repaired, while engineers  will start the removal of water and other combustible elements from the pipe with fresh water before the final  clean up that will allow the introduction of dried gas to the pipeline.

Speaking further  on the security of the pipeline , she revealed that ports authorities and Marine agencies  in Nigeria, Benin ,Togo, Ghana have  all agreed to  embark on special patrol along the zones in the sea where the pipeline transverse in West Africa to avert  the reoccurrence  of August 28 incident .

She explained that the Nigerian Navy in particular was urged to police the pipeline zone in Nigeria territorial waters and to stop people from excavating sand along the zone  where the pipeline passes through to other part of the cooperating nations in West Africa.
 
In his contributions, station supervisor of the gas complex, Mr. Gbenga Agboola said that the company, after the total cleansing exercise  will launch a pig into  the pipe to remove slug and other impurities before gas could be lunched and conveyed   to consumers  in the region. .

He said that the project was designed to be environmental friendly to the people , equipment, trees and grasses in the area of operation.

While Mr.Remeo Obaye of Environment ,security and operation, in his presentation  further said that the government of the cooperating nations approved an acceptable   Environmental Impact  Assessment  (EIA), which  led to the award of international standard organisation ISO  14001, World Organisation (WHO) recognition, Enterprise Guidance and Standard  for petroleum industry in Nigeria  (EGASPIN).

He added that the project has also received the approval from Nigeria’s Federal   Ministry of Environment FEPA, The Department of Petroleum Resources DPR and Lagos Ministry of Environment. WAPCO may have lost close to $1.2billion since the gas pipeline was damaged within the last eight months.

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