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Ghana oil refinery pipeline blast kills one

30 April 2014

One person was killed in an explosion on a pipeline linking Ghana's 45,000 barrel-per-day Tema Oil Refinery in an industrial hub near the capital Accra to a nearby port, a spokeswoman for the refinery said on April 29. The 5 km stretch of pipeline was transporting naphtha, primarily used as a feedstock for producing gasoline, when it began to leak.

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Passers-by begun collecting the highly flammable liquid, when a sudden fire broke out, spokeswoman Aba Lokko told Reuters.

The fire sent a column of dense black smoke billowing hundreds of metres into the sky above Tema, around 20 km (12 miles) east of Accra.

The fire was brought under control in around three hours and output from the refinery would not be disrupted, Lokko said.

The fire also damaged part of Cocoa Processing Company's nearby factory forcing it to shut down. The facility has capacity to process 64,500 tonnes of cocoa beans annually.

The refinery has been affected 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.

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