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Gas Pipelines in Ashanti Region Threatened By Galamsey Operators

According to the Board Chairman of Genser Energy, Nana Otwasuom Osae Nyampong VI, the illegal miners, aka, Galamsey operators, present a very serious threat to the work of Genser Energy.

The recently commissioned gas pipelines in Ashanti would not serve their intended purpose for long if the activities of illegal miners were not checked.

According to the Board Chairman of Genser Energy, Nana Otwasuom Osae Nyampong VI, the illegal miners, aka, Galamsey operators, present a very serious threat to the work of Genser Energy.

He stressed the urgent need for traditional authorities to educate their people about the dangers their activities pose to the energy supply of the country.

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He bemoaned, “Galamseyers have begun digging under our pipelines to see if they can strike it rich overnight. It is a very dangerous enterprise because when you are digging, you are using some force and a little spark of fire may touch the gas and you will lose your life with the explosion that will happen”.

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The Board Chairman who was speaking on the radio warned that mining under pipelines carrying combustible gas was a dangerous venture and appealed to the people engaged in the illegal activities to prioritise safety over perceived overnight riches.

“We will appeal to the Chiefs who own these lands on the right of way to educate their citizenry that there is no gainsaying that you are going to look for gold and you may not come back home. You shouldn’t exchange your life for wealth which you may not even get,” he added.

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Genser Energy’s 110-kilometre natural gas pipeline would supply power to the 250-megawatt Kumasi 1 Thermal Power Plant (K1TPP) and future facilities, representing a significant stride in Ghana’s energy landscape.

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