A gas plant that exploded at Dansoman near Wesley Grammar School in Accra on Monday has been closed down.
The H. Adjei Ventures, a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) refilling plant under the sponsorship of Hills Oil Company Limited, has subsequently suspended its operations.
This was contained in a statement issued in Accra yesterday and jointly signed by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Factories Inspectorate Department (FID).
It said safety precaution measures would be undertaken which include evacuating all residual gas in the storage tank of the plant to prevent another disaster.
The statement said the evacuation would be carried out under strict supervision by all regulators.
It urged the public not to purchase gas from the gas plant until further notice.
“Meanwhile, an investigative committee comprising officers from the regulatory bodies has been set up to undertake detailed investigation and report to the appropriate authorities accordingly,” it said.
One of two people injured in Monday gas explosion has been confirmed death while the other is in critical condition at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Doctors at the Korle Bu Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre, who confirmed the death said the two victims sustained extensive burns.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding discussions with stakeholders to decide whether or not it should stop gas stations from operating in residential areas to avert such occurrences.
The National Petroleum Authority, the Ghana National Fire Service, Town and Country Planning Department and other state agencies will be meeting on the issue.
Chief Programme Officer at the EPA, William Hayfron-Acquah, said the stakeholder meeting was to allow all stakeholders to take a common position and decision on what to do to prevent any incident of such calamity from recurring.
He blamed operators of the gas station for being negligent in their duties.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Prince Billy Anaglatey, on the other hand, is pushing the closure of fuel or gas stations that are not adhering to safety and regulations.
He said if owners of the gas station had taken safety precautionary measures, the situation would have been avoided.
He said the Service would intensify its checks on the various fuel and gas filling stations across the country and if possible close down those who had violated the regulations.
By Times Reporter