Ghana’s downstream petroleum regulator, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) is to receive technical support from India’s national oil company (IOCL) towards the implementation of the LPG Cylinder Recirculation Model Policy. This follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two companies in India Chief Executive Officer of NPA, Alhassan Tampuli and IOCL’s Chief General Manager (LPG Operations), LKS Chauhan signed the agreement on behalf their respective companies in India.
Cabinet directed the NPA to roll out LPG Cylinder Recirculation Model Policy following the atomic junction gas explosion incident in 2017. Seven people including a cameraman with Net 2 TV died while 132 people sustained varying degree of injuries in that gas explosion incident. The NPA CEO was accompanied by Ms Sheila Abiemo, Mr. Simon Tawiah; board member and some officials of the Ministry of Energy.
Among other things, the NPA is to receive technical support in the areas of Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Standards, Development of Licensing, Permit and Legal Framework, Development of economics for LPG Bottling Plants, Pricing Structure, and Communication Strategy, by India’s biggest oil company.
The NPA will also be assisted to improve infrastructure development for the new LPG value chain, support for upgrading capacities of institutions along with policy development and review. The NPA is expected to commence the first phase of the Cylinder Recirculation Model pilot in the first quarter of 2020, following successful negotiation with the retail outlets. Ghana’s High Commissioner to India Michael Ocquaye Jnr. was one of the key witnesses to the signing of the agreement.