ASANTEHENE AND GOVERNMENT DISRESPECTED THE NZEMAHENE AND NZEMALAND TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY

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Ejisu Branch and Metering Station EBMS-50, Ejisu, Kumasi. Ghana. May 29, 2023. Photo by Nipah Dennis

In 2023, Genser Energy, a leading energy company in Ghana, constructed 110km natural gas pipeline at record speed.

Despite prevailing challenges such as global supply chain disruptions caused by the aftermath of COVID-19 and the Ukraine/Russia conflict, as well as national economic hurdles and inflationary pressures, the company demonstrated its unwavering commitment to progress by completing the project within five months.

For more than 15 years, Genser Energy has played a pivotal role as an independent power producer (IPP), spearheading the development of an extensive pipeline network spanning 430km.

Months after the construction of this 110km of natural gas pipeline, it has been revealed that the authorities of Genser Energy did not seek a formal operation permit from the traditional rulers of the Nzemaland.

According to sources, genuine consultations were not held between Genser Energy and that of the Nzemahene and Nzemaland traditional rulers.

The company revealed that it made a dedicated community relations team that worked closely with local farmers, landowners, and traditional councils to ensure open lines of communication and a collaborative approach but in the case of its operation, such engagement was not met.

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