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Kumasi has 23 high risk gas filling stations ...as Prime Gas is closed down.

It is now evident that there are 23 high risk gas filling stations across the Kumasi Metropolis.

Only three of the existing 26 are rated risk, and that there is no 'No Risk' station in the city, Mr. Hassan Tampuli, Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has disclosed.

The NPA chief, in the company of the Deputy Energy Minister, Dr. Mohammed Amin Anta, and the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Osei Assibey Antwi, while visiting the scene of last week Tuesday's gas explosion at the Trinity Oil and Prime Gas station at Tafo-Nhyiaeso, a suburb of Kumasi, ordered the closure of the Gas Prime Gas station, which was due for closure by the end of next month.

According to the NPA boss, the way forward is to do a balancing act by closing some stations and zoning them out to medium risk gas stations, by considering the health and security hazards under a proposed framework.

The deputy Minister of Energy, Dr. Mohammed Amin Anta, said the antidote to the high risk of gas stations is to fast track the cylinder regulation programme ahead of the implementation of the closure of the high risk stations, so that the proposed closure does not create shortages of the product.

He said preparatory works had been done and a framework developed for the necessary action to be taken as measures to address the situation.

He suggested that the KMA helps the Ministry and the regulatory body to get outlets that are ready to do the distribution of cylinders to consumers.

The Deputy Minister proposed that in the interim a small task force would be set up to ensure first the implementation of the recycling policy for Kumasi.

The Mayor of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi, said the KMA was not to blame for the incident, because it was purely a mistake caused by an irresponsible and unprofessional worker of the gas station.

According to the Mayor, the worker should not have done the servicing in the first place without a fire tender in attendance.

He stated that the management of the gas station would foot the bill for the damages caused by the explosion.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Dec 6, 2018
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