The perennial problem of power generation in the Ashanti Region and other parts of the northern sector of the country would in the not too distant future be a thing of the past, following the decision by the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) to establish a Gas Storage facility in Kumasi.
Feasibility studies are said to be underway on the possibility of constructing a gas storage facility that is expected to provide an efficient alternate power supply to the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and the three northern regions.
The Head of Corporate Communications at BOST, Mr. Nathaniel Acheampong, who disclosed this during a brief media interaction in Kumasi, further revealed that efforts were also underway to develop a pipeline from the Western Region to the Kumasi Depot to facilitate the supply of gas to the northern sector of the country.
The company, according to Mr. Acquah, was further advanced in the construction of a US$ 15million new pipeline from Tema to Akosombo whilst the existing 6-inch badge has also been expanded to 12-inch to enhance the transportation and distribution of oil products across the country.
Mr. Acquah indicated that the pipeline from the Western to the Ashanti Region would be a pilot project that would be replicated in other regions once it becomes successful.
He said amongst other things, BOST has also introduced various sophisticated measures that would help facilitate operations and reduce bottlenecks associated with the supply of oil products in the country.
He said currently, BOST oil storage facility in Kumasi has a total operational storage capacity of 84million barrels of petrol and diesel with additional strategic reserve which can last for 30 days in case of fuel shortage.
Mr. Acquah therefore explained that the problem of fuel shortage cannot always be attributed to BOST, stressing that sometimes the company was forced to withhold supply to Oil Marketing Companies(OMCs) that refuse to service debts owed BOST.
“BOST does not have any deliberate plan to sabotage any company; sometimes we are compelled to use radical measures to retrieve our debts from some OMCs who deliberately refuse to pay us,” he emphasized.
The Head of Corporate Communications at BOST noted that the media interaction formed part of efforts’ by the company to bridge the communication gap between BOST and the media in order to promote good working partnership.
According to him, the doors of BOST are always open to the media and expressed worry about the deliberate negative reportage which he said, was as a result of failure on the part of some media outlets to seek clarity on issues about the company.
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