THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has urged state governments to assist it to prevent encroachment on petroleum product pipeline right-of-way as well as the incessant vandalisms of oil pipelines to steal products.
It said the recent achievement of security agencies in safeguarding the Atlas Cove to Mosimi System 2B pipeline would not have been possible without the support of the host communities and the state governments.
The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, while exchanging views with the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, expressed readiness of the corporation to complete the ongoing Escravos to Lagos Pipeline System 2 (ELPS2) project in the last quarter of this year with a view to boosting gas to power the country.
He stressed that the 36 inch and 342 kilometre gas pipeline project would double the capacity of the existing ELPS, thereby improving gas supply to Ogun State and its environs.
The NNPC boss pledged that the corporation would continue to support the aspiration of Ogun, Ondo and Lagos states towards the establishment of a mega city and the free trade zones.
According to him, gas supply to the states remains key towards the realisation of the objectives.
He said, “We are committed to promoting the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as an alternative choice for home cooking, which is also available at our NNPC retail stations.”