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GRIDCo SECURITY WILL “SHOOT ON SIGHT” TO STOP POWER INSTALLATION SABOTEURS

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The head of security at Ghana Grid Company Ltd (GRIDCo), Lawrence Appiah, says his team is ready to shoot and kill any saboteur found vandalising or torching any pipeline or security installation belonging to the company.

The head of security at Ghana Grid Company Ltd (GRIDCo), Lawrence Appiah, says his team is ready to shoot and kill any saboteur found vandalising or torching any pipeline or security installation belonging to the company.

 

The threat comes after an arson attempt by unidentified individuals, under cover of night, on gas pipelines being built to feed the project.

Tyre fire trap

“We will shoot on sight anybody attempting to destroy any property belonging to the company, because that person evidently does not seek the welfare of the country,” the GRIDCo security chief threatened.

He was reacting to recent attempts to set fire to gas pipelines belonging to Cirrus Oil Services. The unidentified “saboteurs” set fire to tyres and attempted to line them up against the pipelines at the power enclave near the Free Zones area in Tema.

“We want to tell those who are doing this, because they do not want the good of Ghana, to be very careful in what they intend to do,” Major Appiah said. “We are ready with the soldiers.
“We know the rules of engagement, but we will not hesitate, if arrest will not work, to shoot to kill, because Ghana must succeed.”

Details

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a media tour of the affected pipelines, Major Appiah explained that three days ago unknown people set fire to the gas pipeline to cause a possible explosion in the enclave.

He added that although the security patrol team in the area chased the perpetrators, they managed to escape.

“The fire tender operators of the Volta River Authority who are also here in the enclave drove in quickly to quell the fire,” he said.

Major Appiah however expressed satisfaction that the pipelines, at that time, contained only water because they were still under construction.

He assured the public that security measures have been put in place to deal with any threat that could have a negative impact on power supply.

“Bring it down”

“We all know how the government is working hard to improve power for all to enjoy. Unfortunately, some people are not interested and are trying to do things to bring it down,” Major Appiah said.

“We are not going to sit down and allow it, so we have done all that we need to do.
“We have soldiers, police, the BNI and National Security assisting us to ensure that we nip it in the bud,” the GRIDCo security chief said.
“What we intend to do is to link with all the security managers in this enclave to see what we can do to ensure that this place is well cordoned in a co-ordinated manner to … stop these perpetrators from carrying out their acts,” he said.

Narrow miss

The head of health, safety, security and environment at Cirrus Oil Services Ltd, Daniel Amehoe, said the pipelines are under construction for a terminal which is meant to be connected to another terminal in the western part of the enclave.

He said that the burning of the pipelines would have caused a major disaster in the area if there had been fuel running through them.

“We have all the pipelines interlinked with Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), the harbour and jetty, stretching from APD [the Accra Plains Depot] to Maame Ota.
“If there were to be fuel in it and the person had succeeded, the whole fuel supply and the Tema enclave would have been in trouble,” he said.

Mr Amehoe told journalists that his department is working to cover up the open pipelines and to deploy more security personnel to watch the area.

Pylons

Meanwhile, the chief technician for transmission lines at GRIDCo, Bernard Tekpor, has assured the public and consumers of electricity that repair work to the previously vandalised pylon is being completed in earnest.

“So far, we have assembled a tower that is almost completed, while the other is part erected for a crane to shoot it up.
“The second tower is being assembled. When that is done, both will be fully erected for lines to be connected and powered,” Mr Tekpor said.
“But for the rains, we would have brought the crane to lift it up.”