AS a move to control the gas pipeline breakage along the Ikeja area of Lagos State, The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) has isolated and depressurized the pipeline.
This came even as the company assured of safety around the scene of the gas pipeline rupture.
A statement on Wednesday by Garba Deen Muhammad, the group general manager, public affairs division of the NNPC, said the incident was caused by road construction and rehabilitation activities in the area.
The gas pipeline breakage which occurred at the early hours of Wednesday had created panic along with gridlock around the axis, forcing motorist into an alternative route.
According to Muhammed “The NNPC Ltd hereby informs the public, especially those living within the Anifowoshe, keja Underbridge, area of Ikeja in Lagos State, that a gas pipeline that was reported leaking in the early hours of today has been isolated and the general area cordoned off.
“The pipeline is a 6-inch gas pipeline supplying gas to Mainland Power Ltd, near Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
The NNPC immediately moved in by engaging Gaslink Ltd, its franchise partner operating the pipeline, mobilized to the location, cordoned off the area and successfully isolated the gas pipeline at Oba Akran Valve pit.
“In the meantime, residents of the area are urged not to panic as all necessary safety measures have been put in place to avert any further escalation of the incident; while NNPC’s team of maintenance engineers are collaborating with Gaslink team at the site to ensure that gas supply services to areas affected by the incident resume within the next 48 hours,” the statement added.