21 ‘high risk’ gas stations shut down

About 21 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) filling stations deemed to be “high risk” have been shut down across the country.

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) said 25 others have been given a “clean bill of health” after a major inspection campaign this week.

NPA Executive Director, Hassan Tampuli the gas stations that were shut down did not have the requisite permit to operate.

NPA boss, Hassan Tampuli

He noted the owners were not able to provide registration documents from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Town and Country Department and the Factory Inspectorate Department of the Energy Ministry.

The government has released a statement announcing new measures to stall gas explosions in the country.

The reaction was trigered by the recent gas station at the Madina Atomic Junction in Accra left at least seven people dead with 134 others injured.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo vowed after inspecting the site of the explosion to insist on safety standards at the various gas stations.

To give effect to his promise, the government after a Cabinet meeting has directed the immediate inspection of all gas stations.

“High-risk stations will be immediately closed down, in accordance with relevant law and without regard to any political or special interests,” the new measures sanctioned by Cabinet last night read.

Mr Tampuli said the Authority’s inspectorate has been monitoring operations of gas stations across the five zonal areas namely Kumasi, Greater Accra, Volta, Takoradi and Tamale.

He said in all, the NPA has been able to inspect about 46 stations out of which 21 have been closed down.

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