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29.06.2006 General News

TOR Resumes Gas Supplies

By GNA
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THE supply of liquefied petroleum gas has resumed at some filling stations after a shortage of more than a fortnight in parts of the country, especially Accra and Kumasi.

Yesterday the Times visited a number of stations to access the situation.

Attendants at the M38 Gas Filling Station at Dansoman SSNIT Flats were said to have gone for supplies from the Tema Oil Refinery as they had run out of last week's supply.

At the MANBAH Gas Station at Odorkor, Samuel Ofori, a station attendant, said the station was expecting more supply from the refinery yesterday adding that supplies received by the station last week lasted only two days.

There was a long queue of gas cylinders at the station as their owners waited anxiously for the station to take delivery of the product.

The situation was no different at the Goil Gas Filling Plant also at Odorkor where an attendant told the Times that the supply received on Tuesday had run out .

At the 'Go Gas' filling station at Chorkor, no supplies had been received for about two weeks now and the management had decided to go to TOR to find out what was happening.

An attendant there told the Times that they had been to their suppliers in Accra many times to find out what was happening but were told on each contact that efforts were being made to get supplies.

The Simga filling station near the Obetsebi Lamptey Circle was closed at around 10.30am when our team visited the station with desperate customers sitting at the station hoping that the station would receive some supplies as they had indicated.

An anxious customer at the Awudome Annaset gas filling station said he had been to about 10 different stations but had not found any gas to buy.

The station manager was however hopeful of receiving supplies citing other stations getting theirs the previous day.

The Times, on June 20 reported that the Accra metropolis had been hit by an acute shortage of gas for about two weeks.

Similar reports of shortages were also reported in the Ashanti and Northern regions.

The situation resulted in long queues at filling stations by domestic users and

Drivers, especially taxi drivers.

Attempts to reach officials of the TOR for comments proved futile as both the Public Affairs Manager and the Managing Director were said to be out of the office and nobody was ready to speak to the paper.

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