Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Gaslink Completes 38km Pipeline Expansion Project in Lagos State

Gaslink Completes 38km Pipeline Expansion Project in Lagos State · Industries in Lagos are now positioned to cut their expenditure on power supply by 50% as Gaslink Nigeria Limited - a subsidiary of Oando Gas and Power , Nigeria ’s leading energy provider - announces the commissioning of its 38 kilometre Phase-3 gas pipeline expansion project in Lagos state. The gas pipeline network is used for the transportation of natural gas, a safer and cleaner substitute for gasoline (petrol), diesel, or propane fuel to industrial users within the state. The expansion project which commenced in May 2007 will deliver 1.809 million standard cubic feet (mmscf/d) of natural gas per day to the Apapa industrial area. The commissioning is coming on the heels of a successful hydrostatic pressure test conducted on the infrastructure, which confirmed the integrity of the pipelines. The new pipeline section was constructed in conformity to international standards and has surpassed the highest safety standards for inhabitants and properties around the facilities. The expansion project tagged GLIII (Greater Lagos Three), was built at a cost, of over N7bn and runs a distance of 38km through Ojota , Maryland , Obanikoro, Iganmu, Alaka, Wharf, Apapa, Tin Can Island and Amuwo Odofin. The completion of the new pipeline section as an addition to the existing infrastructure has resulted in a gas pipeline coverage of all the major industrial areas of Lagos State , with a total pipeline network of 99.4km. In 2001, Gaslink embarked on a phased urban pipeline network development drive that began with the construction of an 11.2 kilometre pipeline network, with a capacity to deliver 15mmscf/d, from the Nigerian Gas Company’s City Gate at Ikeja through Oba Akran, Lateef Jakande and Acme Roads; all within the Ikeja industrial scheme. Following the successful completion of the first phase of its development, the company commissioned its Ikeja 1B gas line with a capacity to deliver an additional 5mmscf/d to companies within Oregun through to Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way , Ikeja. By 2004, Gaslink’s pipeline network was further expanded by an 84 kilometre distribution line designed to deliver a throughput of 65mmscf/d through Ojota, Isolo, Amuwo Odofin, Ilupeju, Matori and Isolo. With this, Gaslink has developed an extensive pipeline network covering the major industrial areas in Lagos State . The Managing Director of Gaslink Nigeria Limited (GNL), Mr. Bolaji Osunsanya comments, “The completion of this project is a demonstration of our determination to build Sun-Saharan Africa’s largest pipeline infrastructure on a world class platform. We have concluded the Phase 3 expansion project without any safety incident and the hydrostatic pressure test has confirmed our adherence to international standards”. Commenting further, Mr Osunsanya states; “The new pipeline will significantly improve our capacity to deliver increased volumes of gas to our customers especially within Tin Can Island and Apapa industrial Scheme. In the near future, Gaslink plans to extend its business beyond Lagos State , to other parts of Nigeria and indeed, West Africa . Preliminary work has already reached various stages in Calabar and Abuja , where Gaslink seeks to get new franchise rights from the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC), while further positioning itself as the preferred Local Distribution Company (LDC) for the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) that will transport natural gas from Nigeria to Ghana , Togo and Benin . Gaslink Nigeria limited is an indigenous company established to promote gas distribution and utilization in Nigeria . The company, a subsidiary of Oando Gas and Power, is operating a 20-year Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) with the Nigeria Gas Company. Gaslink is the pioneer and one of the few companies in Nigeria involved in the piping and distribution of natural gas to industrial, residential and commercial consumers.

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