The West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) says it will undertake a coordinated and planned Emergency Shut Down (ESD) and High Integrity Pressure Protection System (HIPPS) Proof tests at its facilities in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria, between 28th and 30th January 2024.
A statement issued by the company in Accra said this regulatory Emergency Shut Down and HIPPS Proof tests will start on 28th January 2024, from the Itoki Regulating and Metering Station in Nigeria from 08:00 to 16:00 and the Lagos Beach Compressor Station, Nigeria, from 08:000 to 16:00.
The statement said the Tema and Takoradi Regulating and Metering Stations in Ghana would also be shut down on the same day from 08:00 to 16:00.
According to WAPCo, the Cotonou Regulating and Metering Station in Benin Republic would follow the same process on Monday, 29th January 2024 from 08:00 to 16:00 and then on Tuesday January 30, 2024, the Lomé Regulating and Metering Station in Togo would also be shut down from 09:00 to 15:00 to complete the entire exercise.
WAPCo, according to Energy News Africa, is required by its regulatory Authority, the West African Gas Pipeline Authority (WAGP), to carry out a periodic Emergency Shut Down and HIPPS Proof Test, as part of measures aimed at ensuring safe and reliable operations of the pipeline.
“This Emergency Shut Down and HIPPS Proof Tests is part of WAPCo’s 2024 Scheduled Maintenance activities and planned collaboratively with key stakeholders in the four countries and sanctioned by WAGPA,” the company said.
The company said all other relevant stakeholders had been informed in advance and the schedule had been shared with them for all parties to be aligned to ensure minimal disruption.
It added “WAPCo wishes to apologise to its customers for any inconvenience that may be caused by the planned shutdown, which is a regulatory requirement,” the statement concluded. I look forward to even more profit”.