GHANA’S ENERGY MINISTRY STUDYING NEW POLICY ON LPG MARKETING, DISTRIBUTION

ACCRA, Ghana’s Energy Ministry is reviewing a new draft Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) policy to provide direction on marketing and distribution of LPG in a safe and efficient manner to enhance its access nationwide, says Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko.

Announcing this here Thursday, he expressed the hope that a new marketing and distribution structure would curtail some of the safety-related incidents in LPG distribution which had caused the loss of life in recent times.

Agyarko, who made the announcement at a luncheon of the American Chamber of Commerce (Ghana), said with regard to commercialisation of gas, the Ministry had developed a comprehensive Gas Master Plan which focuses on infrastructure development.

Key featurse of the plan include the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) Reverse Flow project and the onshore Receiving Facility for conditioning of OCTP gas, the Train Three Gas compressor to ensure flow to Tema, dedicated onshore gas pipeline from Takoradi to Tema, the expansion of the Ghana Gas’ Processing Plant, creation of a natural gas secondary distribution network within the Tema industrial area, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for public transportation pilot project and establishment of a gas-driven ceramic industry.

Agyarko noted that in order to ensure a predictable environment and certainty in decision-making which were vital for attracting investments into the gas sector, the Ministry had initiated a number of measures such as harmonising the institutional and regulatory roles and mandates of sector agencies for optimal performance.

As for the downstream sub-sector, Agyarko said the main issue the government had faced was the illicit trade of petroleum products in which products meant for re-export — which did not have taxes imposed on them — were dumped and sold in the country. He said the government Economic Management Team (EMT) had arrived on a number of interim measures to help address the challenge.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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