The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has presented a new Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Cylinder Recirculation model that they plan to implement in Ghana.
On Thursday, NPA’s Chief Executive, Alhassan Tampuli, briefed Council of State members on the new model at the Council’s chambers in Accra, where he said that the new model would improve safety, health and the environment.
The national LPG policy was designed to move gas bottling plants from populated areas to more isolated areas and aims to safeguard Ghanaians from LPGs that could pose hazards. Tampuli assured the Council that Ghanaians would remain his first priority when the policy rolls out.
Chairman of the Council, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, advised the NPA to incorporate the views of all groups and individuals that will be affected by the new policy. “At the end of the day, the policy should inure to the benefit of the Ghanaian people,” Siriboe said. Since the policy was announced, the NPA has carried out extensive measures to ensure a smooth rollout of the process.
The Authority is currently compiling a document that will be sent to interested parties. “The government’s priority is to implement a policy that is consumer friendly and guarantees LPG penetration across the country and as the regulator, the NPA deems it necessary to pick the wisdom of members of the council on this very policy,” Tampuli told journalists.
The NPA has resumed operations of the Oil Jetty at Tema Port following reinstallation of the LPG Loading arm, which broke during a storm last month. The broken arm sparked concerns of a possible gas shortage in the system, but the NPA collaborated with the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC), to ensure demands for gas supply were met accordingly. "The loading arm is key to the discharge of LPG from vessels. So during the time that it broke, that exercise couldn't be carried out," said Anny Osabutey, the NPA's communications manager. "The good thing is that, at the time, we had more than two weeks supply of LPG that could cater to consumers in the event of a shortage."
A team of engineers from the Ghana Port and Harbours Authority (GPHA) successfully repaired the damaged loading arm within one week. During repairs, Deputy Energy Minister, Mohammed Amin Adam and Chief Executive of the NPA, Hassan Tampuli gave assurance that the work would be completed in a timely manner.