Encroachers pose no direct risk to gas supply – WAPCO

The West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCO) has assured of continuous flow and supply of gas despite heavy encroachment on its lands.

The company has bemoaned the unregulated takeover of lands close to its pipelines especially in Tema in the Greater Accra region.

According to the company, the move poses great risk to both life and property should there be any explosion.

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Speaking at a stakeholder engagement in Tema, the Deputy External Relations Manager at WAPCO, William Osei-Owusu said, the practice must be stopped immediately.

We have been monitoring. We have been doing all awareness needed including some community awareness. What we want is for them not to do anything that can affect us as has been the issue. Sometimes we see people weaning sand on our lands. We arrest them and sometimes also we see people using dynamite explosive to mangle shipwrecks and as soon as we see them we draw the security force’s attention. We have arrested some of them and we are still monitoring.” he stated.

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WAPCO further stressed  the huge risk encroachment on their lands poses to both life and property should there be an unfortunate incident such as an explosion.

According to WAPCO, some residents of Tema have put up permanent structures very close to the pipelines feeding the WAPCO Gas Plant.

This according to the company is dangerous and could create a disaster in future if not checked.

But William Osei-Owusu further assures that encroachment will not affect flow and supply of gas.

By: Jessica Ayorkor Aryee/ Elvis Washington/ citibusinessnews.com/Ghana

Published on 25 April 2017 | 8:03 pm at Source