The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Gas Company, Dr Ben Asante, has refuted claims that high pressures from gas produced by the company caused the leakage that led to the Atomic Junction gas explosion last week.
According to him, gas from Ghana Gas is odorized, hence can be detected early when there is a leakage.
A cross-section of the public has blamed Ghana Gas Company for the leakage at MANSCO that led to the explosion at Atomic junction last week killing seven and over 134 others injured.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Monday, October 16, Dr Asante said Ghana Gas adheres strictly to the rules set by the Ghana Standards Authority in the production of gas to avert explosions.
“Ghana Gas LPG is made from raw gas. Its pressure is a little high. But I want to say this again, it is still within the limits of what Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has stipulated”.
He added that “it is incumbent on any containing or handling vessels to make sure that the design of your vessels are not just to a very narrow bound of five bar. Even in most cases, for the piping, it’s got to be one and half times what you have”.
Dr Asante stated that it is misleading for a section of the public to blame the Atomic Junction gas explosion on Ghana Gas product just because it has a pressure of 7.5.
"I don't buy it that because Ghana Gas has got a vapour pressure of 7.5, so all our hoses are being damaged. It is easier to change that hose than to say we are not going to get our own indigenous gas.
Dr Asante said gas from Ghana Gas is not the only LPG on the commercial market, and you will also note that it has been used over the last two years.
Dr Asante disclosed that the gas that leaked at the Atomic Junction gas station was not a product of Ghana Gas.