The Institute for Energy Security, IES, is urging the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Ltd (BOST) to ensure it gets all its fuel pipe distribution lines back online.
This according to the IES will help reduce incidents associated with the transportation of petroleum products across the country.
Two fuel tanker explosions have been recorded this year alone that have led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties.
According to IES such fire incidents could be reduced if BOST’s pipelines are all activated.
Executive Director of IES, Nana Amoasi IV stated that transporting fuel using pipelines are a safer option and a remedy to such occurrences.
“We would rather propose that BOST being the major transporter of petroleum products across the country or the primary transporter of petroleum products should rather look at reviving its pipelines across the country.”
He added that “We have one from Tema Oil Refinery to the Accra plains depot moving from there to Akosombo depot via the Maame Water depot, this line needs to come on stream so that we won’t need bulk road vehicles to cart product from Tema to Akosombo.”
BOST has a mandate to develop and manage a network of storage tanks, pipelines, and other bulk transportation infrastructure throughout the country.
Three people died in a fuel tanker explosion at Onyina Nofo, in the Ahafo Ano South West District of the Ashanti Region, earlier this week.
About seven persons were also injured and have been sent to the hospital for treatment.
The incident started an inferno that razed a number of homes and properties in the area, rendering residents homeless as a result.
A similar situation in February this year also led to the deaths of two persons in Wa in the Upper West Region.