Bawumia outlines gov’t vision to transform economy as a hub for refined petroleum products

Mahamudu Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says government has a vision to develop Ghana as a hub for refined petroleum products for the West Africa sub-region and the continent.

This he said, the concept of a ‘Petroleum Hub’ is one of government’s strategic anchor initiatives that would serve as a new pillar of growth in the Ghanaian economy.

Speaking at the 2nd Edition of the Ghana International Petroleum Conference in Accra to announced government’s intentions for the Petroleum sector, Dr. Bawumia said: “The project will accelerate the growth of Ghana’s petroleum downstream sub-sector and make it a major player in the economy and consequently ensure development of sustainable value, wealth creation and the progress of industry.”

Vice President Bawumia explained that a successful implementation of the project would, apart from creating employment, have immense benefits for the players in the industry as well as the nation as a whole.

“The Petroleum Hub project will increase the presence of major international oil trading and storage companies, create regional trading champions and encourage joint ventures between local and international companies for knowledge transfer and wealth creation. It will provide value addition in our petroleum industry,” he added.

Alluding to the expected increase in Ghana’s refining capacity, Vice President Bawumia urged local industry players including Petroleum Service Providers (PSPs) and Bulk Oil Distributors (BDCs) to re-examine their business models to take advantage of the expected increase in business and take the necessary steps, including possible mergers and acquisitions, to position themselves to become multinational operators.

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“The development of a hub in Ghana will require an increase in the country’s refining capacity beyond current levels, both to meet domestic demand and for export. It is therefore important that our PSPs especially the BDCs change their business model to respond to the hub plans, as there would be more products for export than their current model of importing the shortfalls in production.”

The two day Conference is being attended by key stakeholders including Minister for Energy, Hon Boakye Agyarko; Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority, Hassan Tampuli; as well as the heads of Bulk Distribution Companies and Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs)

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