The Spanish company that owned a truck that exploded and killed 13 people in Ghana last month was fined $6 million, the Lands Ministry said on Tuesday.
The truck was transporting explosives to the Chirano gold mine, run by Toronto-based Kinross Gold Corporation, when it collided with a motorbike, caught fire and exploded, levelling a roadside village and injuring at least 100 people.
The authorities said the truck owned by Maxam violated storage and transport laws, but it did not provide specific details about which laws were broken or how they contributed to the accident.
“The Ministry has established regulatory breaches on the part of Maxam… in respect to the manufacture, storage and transportation of explosives,” Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources said in a statement.
The government gave Maxam a $1 million administrative fine for breaching regulations and imposed a $5 million fee for damages to be paid out in monthly instalments, the statement said.
Two local firms are being investigated for possible ties to the explosion, the ministry added.