Ghana to Shutdown More LPG Stations

Gas shortage

Accra, January 9, 2018//-Ghana’s National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has announced plans to shutdown more LPG refill stations that do not adhere to its safety standards this year.

 To this end, the country’s downstream oil sector regulator says it is intensifying its monitoring and inspection exercise very soon.

The Chief Executive of NPA Hassan Tampuli, who disclosed this at the rebranding of Frimps Oil, an indigenous Oil Marketing Company (OMC) indicated that 600 LPG stations had so far been inspected across the country.

“This will be followed immediately with the risk assessment and safety audits of existing stations, and stations that don’t meet the parameters set in the risk assessment may be closed down in the interest of the public safety”, he explained.

According to Mr Tampuli, the loss of lives in petroleum related fires could be allowed to continue.

He therefore appealed to sector players in the downstream to aim at zero accident at the retail outlets.

“All operators of petroleum products have been given the responsibility to improve safety standards as well as keep an up to date log book for all accidents at the facilities”, Mr Tampuli appealed.

In the past, the NPA has under public criticism for doing little to curb gas explosions in the West African country.

In October last year, a gas filling station at the Atomic Junction, Mansco Gas Filling Station, close to the sprawling Madina Zongo Junction in Accra exploded and killed seven people, while several people were injured.

African Eye Report



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