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Business News of Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Ghana no longer consumes toxic fuel – NPA Boss

Alhassan Tampuli, Chief Executive Officer of NPA play videoAlhassan Tampuli, Chief Executive Officer of NPA

The introduction of strong policies and enforcement of stringent measures by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has yielded positive results as Ghana no longer consumes noxious fuel, Alhassan Tampuli has revealed.

According to the NPA Boss, Ghana is fortunate to be among the very few African countries to be consuming low Sulfer fuel.

“Ghana is one of very few African countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Morocco to be consuming low Sulfer fuels with typical import at less than 10 parts per million (PPM)” he said as he addressed industry players at the 2018 Downstream Colloquium in Accra themed, “The petroleum downstream, then, now and the future”.

The NPA CEO said, technology base schemes and projects such as the Petroleum Product Marking Scheme and the Bulk Road Vehicle Tracking Projects have helped his outfit to efficiently monitor and ensure integrity of the quality and quantity of petroleum product delivered to consumers.

“We are also working towards delivering LPG to consumers in a safer and more efficient manner using the cylinder recirculation module of LPG distribution,” he reiterated.

He observed that some unfortunate accidents that happened in the past were due to negligence on the part of some handlers of equipment and installations; citing the Mamba LPG gas station as one of such incidents.

In view of this, he said the NPA has rolled out measures to ensure safety at all fuel stations across the country, thus the closure of at least 59 gas stations by the Authority due to noncompliance of safety standards.

“These actions have necessitated the roll out of intensified inspection and monitoring activities by the authority to ensure health, safety and security standards are strictly adhere to such that accidents are brought to the lowest minimum,” he stated.