Rescue integrity of petroleum products – Agyarko charges BOST Investigative C’ttee

August 14, 2017
Source: Thomas-Moore Adingo and Gloria Mensah l l Ghana
Rescue integrity of petroleum products – Agyarko charges BOST Investigative C’ttee

The Ministry of Energy has inaugurated a new Bulk Oil Storage Transportation (BOST) Fuel Off-Spec Investigation Committee, as part of measures to ensure that the integrity of petroleum products supplied in the country is protected.

According to the Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko, the nine-member investigative committee is to, among other things, determine the circumstances that created the off-spec product; review the procedures undertaken by BOST to evacuate the product; ascertain the quality and remaining quality of the product; determine if the product can be corrected, and if not, determine the alternative use for the product; as well as review the transaction.

“We wish to assure the general public that the ministry is determined to ensure that the integrity of petroleum product supplied in the country is protected,” he said during the inauguration in Accra.

He added: “The committee is expected to advise the ministry on the necessary technical, administrative and legal actions to be taken.”

The committee, which has a month to present its report, is chaired by Dr. Lawrence Dankwah, Head of Chemical Engineering Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Other members are: Dennis Adamu Najar of the Energy Commission, William Ntim-Boadu of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, Frank Nagetey of the Ghana Standards Authority, and John Sapara-Grant of the Tema Oil Refinery.

The rest are Kwaku Agyemang-Duah of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Samuel Asare-Bediako-National Petroleum Authority, and Kofi Owusu-Hene of the Consumer Protection Agency.

“We look forward to doing the best that we can within all the resources that we have, to carry out our work for both country and God. And we will cover all the thematic areas covered in our appointment letters,” Dr. Dankwah assured.

The inauguration of the committee follows the sale of 5 million litres of contaminated fuel in June of this year. BOST is said to have, so far, retrieved 471,000 litres of the said product.