Nicolas Terraz, TOTAL’s managing Director in Nigeria, says that his company will later in July 2016, commence delivery of gas, through its Northern Option Pipeline (NOPL) to Alaoji power plant in the east of Nigeria and improve electricity supply in the country.
But his comments were coming a full month after Dada Thomas, Managing Director of Frontier Oil, an indigenous gas development firm, told journalists he wished Frontier was allowed to continue supplying gas to the same power plant. TOTAL has a domestic supply obligation to supply gas to Alaoji, but had been unable to do so, which is why the Frontier/Seven Energy partnership was given a one year emergency contract to supply the gas to Alaoji Power Plant.
That contract ends in July, 2016. Last month, at a briefing with journalists, Dada Thomas told Africa Oil+Gas Report’s Foluso Ogunsan that his company had made representation to government that they be allowed to continue the supply. Terraz, on the contrary, told a group of parliamentarians in Lagos in early July 2016 that the delivery of gas to Alaoji, in Aba (Abia State) was among TOTAL’s huge bouquet of projects that are aimed at contributing to the socio-economic development of the country. The 504MW combined cycle Alaoji Gas Power Station was inaugurated in March 2015, but it doesn’t supply more than 200MW of electricity.