Buipe Oil Storage to be Operational in June
2006-03-08 12:16:08This article has been read 932 times.The Bulk Oil Storage Depots in Buipe and
Bolgatanga, currently under construction is expected to be completed in May this year
and would be handed over for use in June.
Mr Francis Boafo, site engineer at the Buipe Storage Depot in the Central Gonja District
disclosed this to newsmen, when the Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Abubakar
Saddique Boniface visited the site.
The minister was on a 7-day tour of the western corridor districts of the Northern Region,
comprising Bole-Bamboi, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, West Gonja and Central Gonja districts.
The purpose of the visits was to enable the minister to know at first hand the situation on
the ground at the rural areas, see how best he could help solve them and to explain
government development agenda to the people.
Key among the minister's message to the people in all the communities is peace, the need
for the Representation of the People's Amendment Law (ROPAL), and the importance of
the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Zakhem International, Lebanon-based construction firm is constructing both the Buipe
and the Bolgatanga Storage Tanks for oil deposits to serve Burkina-Faso, Mali and other
neighbouring countries from Bolgatanga.
Mr Boafo said laying of underground pipes from Buipe to Bolgatanga had been
completed and that what was left was the three storage tanks to transport petroleum
products from Buipe to Bolgatanga through the pipelines.
He said the three storage tanks, which had the capacity of 10 thousand cubic meters each,
would store premium, diesel and kerosene and that the same capacity was at the
Bolgatanga depot to receive the products from Buipe.
Alhaji Boniface commended workers for the rate at which the work was going and that
the Buipe-Bolgatanga oil pipeline project was key in a sense that it would reduce
frustration tanker drivers go through to transport fuel from Tema to Buipe and
The minister later visited various projects sites being undertaken by the Central Gonja
District Assembly, which included a 2.5 billion-Cedi District Assembly hall complex,
502 million cedis two residential accommodation and some teachers' quarters.
Leaders of all the communities that the minister visited appealed for infrastructure
assistance such as roads, clinics, schools, and pipe borne water and income-generating
facilities for the youth.
The main concern of the communities was the issue of Fulani herdsmen, whose cattle
were destroying farm crops and other property and appealed to the government to do
something about them to save live and property.