In view of some disagreements to the implementation of the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM), by some players in the downstream petroleum sector, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has been urged to continue its effort to engage all stakeholders, in order to ensure an all-inclusive implementation of the policy.
This follows the decision of the LPG Retailers Association to challenge the rolling out of the new national policy, which among others is expected to provide direction for marketing and distribution of LPG in a safe and efficient manner, in court.
The CRM is also hoped to facilitate an increase in access to LPG nationwide, a key policy goal which is to ensure that at least 50% of Ghanaians have access to safe, clean and environmentally friendly LPG for domestic, commercial and industrial usage by 2030.
The Vice Chairman of the LPG Marketers Association, Mr. Gabriel Kumi, observed that despite their initial resistance to the policy implementation, they now realize the need to embark on this policy, taking into consideration the instances of gas explosions across the country in recent past.
He said the Association had opposed the manner in which the policy was being pursued, however, after extensive consultations with the NPA some consensus had been reached to ensure a smooth implementation of the policy.
It was against this backdrop, that Mr. Kumi, who was speaking at the second edition of the CRM stakeholder engagement, in Kumasi, called on NPA to continue its stakeholder engagement.
He said given that those in court have indicated their readiness to settle the matter out of court “NPA should take a step” so that all relevant stakeholders could be brought to the table for the smooth operationalization of the policy.
The event forms part of the NPAs nationwide exercise to engage members of the public on the policy, their contributions or feedback and how it could be rolled out to address the needs of the consumers.
It was revealed that the CRM would soon be piloted in Obuasi and Kwaebibirem in the Ashanti and Eastern Regions.
The choice of these two towns, they said, was as a result of good control and traceability of cylinders, active refilling outlets with consistent LPG sales over the last six months and multiplicity of LPG Marketing Companies (LPGMCs).
The Chief Executive Officer of NPA Mr. Alhassan Tampuli, said funding had been secured by Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company to produce the 37,000 cylinders needed for the pilot exercise.
“Cylinders produced now will be based on the accepted Ghana Standard Authority’s standard for imports or domestic production” he stated.
The risk assessment of LPG facilities, which forms part of the CRM, according to Mr. Tampuli would be extended to cover about sixty-six senior high schools across the country.