NNPC said on Friday that power supply would drop by 1.5 gigawatts due to the destruction of gas pipeline in Delta state last Monday.
The MD, Nigerian Gas Company, Mr Dafe Sejebor made this known to newsmen after a tour of the vandalised facilities in Inikorogha, Ubefan and Balan.
Sejebor said the nation would lose N2.5 billion within 21 days due to the vandalism.
He explained that whenever pipelines were destroyed, it usually stalled the production and supply of gas, thereby leading to loss of revenue.
“When these pipelines are tampered with, the gas volumes that are supposed to be sent to the power plants are lost. Whenever it happens we lose up to 1.5 gigawatts to the national grid.
“That is colossal in terms of cost volume of almost 200 million standard cubic feet of gas being lost per day,” he said.
“The truth is that we have been having vandalism but the spate at which it is happening now is alarming.
“In the past few weeks we have really had it so bad that it is impacting negatively on power generation in the country.
“The core fuel to most of the power plants in this country is NGC gas, so if we cannot take power to the power plants, generation suffers.”
He said the bleed being experienced in the generation and availability of power in the country was due to activities of vandals.
He also called on the host communities and other stakeholders to help the government stop the destruction.