Mahama commissions 4 helicopters to patrol oil and gas installations

mahaaaPresident John Mahama has commissioned four helicopters delivered by the Chinese government as part of the Ghana Gas infrastructure project.

The China-manufactured fleet estimated at 100 million dollars forms part of the Chinese Development Bank’s credit facility to the company to enable it monitor and secure its installations across the country.

This has become necessary as the country positions itself to expand and utilize its oil and gas resources for the benefit of the economy.

Speaking at a ceremony to commission the helicopters, President Mahama said the aircraft will among other things be used to deal with security threats, including piracy.

“The aircraft will enable Ghana Gas tackle any challenges and threats to production of gas offshore and also place the company in a good stead to secure its gas production environments”.

He added that the helicopters will enhance maritime security, anti-piracy operations, rig-bound medical and casualties evacuations, search and rescue operations among others.

The aircraft will also be deployed for disaster management and anti-sea bound narcotic interdiction operations and will be deployed for multiple roles for the Ghana Gas Company, he said.