30 April 2014, News Wires – At least one person has been killed after an explosion on a pipeline linking Ghana’s 45,000 barrel-per-day Tema Oil Refinery to a nearby port, according to a report.
The state-owned refinery was not operating at the time of the explosion as it had been shut down for annual maintenance, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed employee of the refinery.
The employee said a fire had broken out on a five-kilometre stretch of pipeline linking the refinery to the eastern Tema port.
“Firemen are battling with the fierce fire. It is very intense with a thick black smoke,” the employee told the news wire. “It has destroyed part of the cocoa processing building nearby.”
The refinery has been hobbled by repeated shutdowns over the last few years but Ghanaian President John Mahama said in February that Tema was close to signing a joint venture agreement with PetroSaudi International.