ACCRA, Feb. 11, — The suspected crude oil found in the northern Ghana community of Jombo is diesel, not crude oil, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) announced here late Monday.

A press release issued by Ag. Head, Corporate Affairs Department of GNPC,Eric Pwadura, said the diesel?may have leaked from an abandoned underground storage tank.

Kofi Gyato?a resident of the Nkwanta North District in the northern part of the Volta Region, who had been digging a well for domestic use chanced upon the substance on Friday which was suspected to be crude oil.

Military personnel were therefore deployed to cordon off the vicinity until tests were run to verify what substance was in the well.

GNPC said its officials had visited Jombo, about 248 kms north of the capital, where the well bearing the said substance was located, on Saturday, and had discussions with key community leaders, including the Chiefs and Elders the surrounding areas, the Member of Parliament [MP] of Nkwanta North Constituency, and the District Chief Executive [DCE].

A preliminary examination of the physical properties of the substance,?according to the state-owned exploration institution,indicated that it was likely to be a refined product.

?Scientific tests and analysis of the samples have confirmed the substance to be Gas Oil [diesel],? the statement announced.

GNPC?further promised to?conduct further investigations in collaboration with other relevant agencies to confirm?the source of the substance.

Ghana commenced commercial oil production in December 2010 with the state raking in close to a billion U.S dollars over the past two years from its share of ol lifting from the Jubilee oil field.? Enditem.


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