A Dolphin Z-9 helicopter of China's Navy missile frigate CNS Yulin flies off the deck of Singapore's Navy missile frigate RSS Intrepid during the
A Dolphin Z-9 helicopter of China's Navy missile frigate CNS Yulin flies off the deck of Singapore's Navy missile frigate RSS Intrepid during the "Exercise Maritime Cooperation 2015", May 25, 2015. The Singapore and Chinese navies concluded the inaugural Exercise Maritime Cooperation 2015 on May 25. (Xinhua/Then Chih Wey)

The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) says allegations making round that helicopters procured to provide surveillance services to oil and gas installations in the Western Region (Province) as missing was inaccurate.

A statement released here Wednesday by the Corporate Communications Department said, “The Management of Ghana Gas wishes to respond to an allegation circulating in the media regarding the whereabouts of the helicopters, procured to provide surveillance services to the oil and gas installations in the Western Region.

Four (4) helicopters in total, not seven (7) as reported by some media outlets, were acquired. The helicopters are currently stationed at the Air Force Headquarters at Burma Camp.”

Ghana Gas further explained because it has requested the Ghana Air Force to operate and maintain the helicopters on their behalf because it does not have the expertise and hangars to operate and maintain them.

“The Ghana Air Force, however, possesses such facilities. Ghana Gas, therefore, mandated the Ghana Air Force to operate and maintain them on its behalf.

The helicopters are in good working condition and not “broken down” as erroneously reported. Ghana Gas does not have the expertise and hangars to operate and maintain the helicopters,” the company observed.

The country’s then President, John Dramani Mahama commissioned the four Z-9 EH helicopters at the Air Force Station at Burma Camp, here in Accra on September 23, 2015.

The helicopters were to ensure adequate security surveillance of the nation’s oil and gas enclave.

The said helicopters were procured from China National Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC). Enditem

Source: NewsGhana.com.gh

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