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Business News of Thursday, 4 August 2011

Source: Daily

TOR to raise $54m for crude oil after BoG approval

The Bank of Ghana has given approval to the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to raise $54 million from local banks to pay for 600,000 barrels of crude oil which have remained on the high seas for the past four weeks.

Until the approval, TOR was finding it difficult to raise letters of credit covering $54 million because of a regulation by the central bank on the Single Obligon Limit (SOL) which restricts one commercial bank from granting loans of more than GH¢16 million to TOR.

With the approval, the Nippon Princess vessel carrying the consignment can now dock at the single point mooring (SPM) at the Tema Port for onward delivery to TOR.

The source said pumping of the production to TOR’s reservoirs was expected to begin today August 4, 2011, following a successful establishment of the LCs by the bank.

The consignment is expected to for three weeks.