The Special Technical Committee set up by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to review Inter-Parte Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Condensate Evacuation Framework submitted by Quantum Terminals Limited (QTL), submitted an Interim Report to NADMO on Monday in Accra.

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The document was an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for the haulage of LPG and Condensate from the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant in the Western Region by the company.

The Committee suggested that the title of the document should be changed to reflect what the document was about.

Professor Cyril Shandorf, Chairman of the Committee, presenting the document, suggested three titles, including ?Inter-Parte Plan for the Haulage of LPG and Condensate?.

?Going through the document we also see that risk reduction was not included, and we recommend that it should be included. Also, they should provide for glossary of technical terms that need to be understood, ?he said.

He noted that a document of that nature needed legal framework to support it, but that was missing, and key elements such as quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation and some few others too, were also missing in the document.

?We noted that hazard locations were only described, instead of being classified. Contingency plans should include all on site and off site plans. ?

The Committee recommended that NADMO should use its office to facilitate working visit to the company?s office to acquaint itself.

It must also play a leading role to ensure that an oversight plan was developed, to include other industries in the oil and gas sector, and also call for Ghana Gas Producing Plant to summit its emergency plan for review.

The Committee further recommended that Quantum Terminals Limited prepare a facility preparedness plan for review by NADMO and also seek technical assistance to make the plan complete, as well as allocate adequate resources for its updating.

Prof Shandorf, who is also a Lecturer at the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security at the University of Ghana, Legon, said the Committee appreciated the efforts made by the company, to prepare the document, but it needed some updating to become compatible to national and international requirement.

Mr Kofi Portuphy, National Co-ordinator of NADMO, thanked the Committee for its efforts to go through the document.

He said Ghana was emerging economy in the area of oil and gas, and there was the need to protect investments of the country in the sector.

He said the law allowed that all companies interested in investing in the oil and gas sector, had to submit emergency respond plans to NADMO for review and accreditation to protect their investments.

The NADMO Boss said ?as a country we need to prepare ourselves to prevent disasters from occurring?.

?We should not wait for disasters to come before we start looking for NADMO,? he said, and commended Quantum Terminals Limited for setting the pace.

Mr Portuphy pledged his outfit’s preparedness to support their initiative, and urged all companies in the sector to bring their documents for accreditation.

He also called on the Media to join the crusade to educate the public on the protective right of the sector.

The 13-member Special Technical Committee, has the Chief Fire Officer, Brigadier General John Bosco Guyiri, as a member.
GNA

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