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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is claiming that the Escarvos-Lagos Pipeline was ruptured by an explosion along Egbokodo-Omadino in the Warri region of Delta state.

The hit pipeline delivers gas to plants which supply one-sixth of the country’s power, as well as supplying the West Africa Pipeline system.

The incident occurred around 4 am local time at a facility in Ejere community, Warri south local government area, Delta state. The area was however, said to have been cordoned off to reporters.

“Most of us ran out of our houses when we heard the explosion at about 4 am today, thinking it was Boko Haram that had invaded our community,” local resident Madam Ojijala was quoted as saying.

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Earlier in the month, the fire at the pipeline interrupted gas supplies to companies generating more than 3,000 megawatts and caused a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to the 1,320-megawatt Egbin power plant, the nation’s biggest, and five others.