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Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid addressing journalists in Tamale

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) Chief Executive, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, has paid a working visit to the Northern region. The purpose of his visit was to familiarize himself with the facilities, installations, and offices under the National Petroleum Authority(NPA).


The NPA CEO also visited the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST)depot at Buipe in the Savannah region. He called on the Northern Regional Police Commander, COP Timothy Yoosa Bonga to collaborate with the authority to ensure that people obey the laws of the petroleum authority.The Director of Policy Coordination at the National Petroleum Authority(NPA), Jacob Amuah revealed that the authority has been compelled to install tracking systems on fuel trucks to tackle misuse of the fund in the transportation of petroleum products.


According to him, the fund used in equalizing petroleum products pricing has been abused and so they had to find a way of checking the exact location of where tankers offload fuel products so they do not claim what is not due to them. “ Somebody can buy from Tema and claim they are sending it to the North which might not be true and so because we do not have the visibility we decided installed the tracking systems which allows us to see where each tankers carrying petroleum products arrived at and where it discharged the products because this has an impact on the cost that we pay to the transporters of the products so we have installed these trackers on the trucks that help us to monitor where the trucks took the products from and where they offload so that at the end of the day we can pay the accurate price to the transporters.”


The NPA CEO and senior management members of the authority have so far visited Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Bono, Ashanti Regions, and the Upper West region as part of his familiarization tour of the regions.

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA), has secured the support of the Upper East Regional Police Command to stop illegal fuel trading at the border communities and some fuel stations in the region

According to the Chief Executive Officer of the NPA, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, issues such as fuel smuggling at the border towns, particularly Wedana community, selling of adulterated fuels as well as filling stations operating with expired licences and working without safety standards are not acceptable and must stop. He said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Upper East Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dr Sayibu Pabi Gariba, as part of a day’s familiarisation visit to the region last Monday.


The visit formed part of a five-day tour of the Upper East, West, Northern, Bono and Ashanti regions, respectively. He was accompanied by some senior staff members of the NPA. As part of the visit, Dr Abdul Hamid and his entourage visited the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) depot in Bolgatanga to acquire first-hand information about their operations.
Additionally, the team paid a courtesy call on the management of the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council and visited customs officers at the Ghana-Burkina Faso border at Paga to solicit their support in dealing with fuel supply to neighbouring countries.


Attack on NPA officials
“I must confess that NPA officials in the Upper East Region work under perilous conditions,” Dr Abdul-Hamid said.
He appealed to the regional police command to offer full protection to NPA officials in their quest to enforce the rules and regulations against recalcitrant filling stations, saying that “in order for the NPA to ensure sanity in the downstream petroleum sector, NPA officials must be shielded from attacks while carrying out their lawful duties”.


Police strategy
In his response, DCOP Dr Gariba assured the NPA of the regional command’s support, saying “as a police command we are poised to ensure that the entire region is peaceful so that residents can go about their normal duties in a safe environment”. He stated that the police command had strategically structured their operations across the region to ensure that filling stations and strategic storage depot were safe to enhance their operations. “I wish to assure you that the police service in the region is always ready to serve and partner the NPA to prevent such illegalities” he said, stressing that “ currently we are providing 24-hour security  to some filling stations in Bawku and other areas which could be a target of some attack”.


Indiscriminate citing of stations
Later, responding to a question on the indiscriminate siting of filling stations in the region during a media engagement, Director, Inspections and Monitoring, NPA, Ms Esther Anku, said prior to 2016, individuals with intention to set up filling stations acquired a  number of permits before the NPA construction permit. She said the NPA realised that the industry was becoming clumsy due to the indiscriminate siting of filling stations, noting “in 2015, NPA met with all regulatory bodies that issued permits to develop a guideline for siting of fuel retail outlets and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations”. “Since 2016, there is some form of decency in the siting of retail outlets since all regulatory agencies have agreed to abide by the new guidelines to prevent filling stations from being sited close to each other” she said.

PRESS RELEASE: Waiver on Sulphur Specification in Automotive Fuels Produced by Local Refineries

1. The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) wishes to inform the general public that per the ECOWAS directive on Harmonized Specification for Automotive Fuels, an interim waiver effective the date of this Notice and ending on 31st December 2024 has been granted to local refineries licensed by the Authority to produce and supply Diesel and Petrol containing sulphur levels not exceeding 1,500 mg/kg (ppm) to the general public.

2. Without prejudice to the interim waiver granted in sub paragraph 1 above, Diesel and Petrol imported into the country shall continue to comply with the sulphur requirements stipulated at maximum 50 mg/kg (ppm) as contained in the Ecowas Harmonized Specifications for Automotive Fuels.

3. The implementation of the interim wavier is to ensure that local refineries remain operational, whilst they introduce measures to meet the Sulphur requirements stipulated in the Ecowas Harmonized Specifications for Automotive Fuels.

4. In view of the introduction of this interim waiver, Diesel and Petrol produced by local refineries shall be allowed for sale and purchase at retail outlets and may be comingled with imported products for sale to the general public.

5. Notwithstanding sub-paragraph 4 above, the permissible sulphur levels of Diesel and Petrol to be sold to the general public whether comingled or not shall at all times not exceed 1,500 mg/kg (ppm) within the interim waiver period.

6. The application of this interim waiver to local refineries shall not result in any price differentials in the sale and purchase of Diesel and regular Petrol at the retail outlets with respect to their permissible sulphur content.

7. The general public is hereby assured that notwithstanding the implementation of this interim waiver for the local refineries, the NPA shall continue to ensure strict compliance with approved sulphur levels in the Petroleum downstream industry.

8. Where fuel from a retail outlet exceeds the sulphur content of 50 mg/kg (ppm) the Dealer and Oil Marketing Company (OMC) shall produce documentation evincing the consignment was procured from a local refinery. Failure to produce the required documentation may result in the application of pecuniary penalties in an amount of GHS30,000.00 on the OMC and/or Dealer.

 

Signed

Corporate Affairs Department

Thursday, 20th January 2022

NPA secures police support to stop illegal fuel trading in Upper East Region

The National Petroleum Authority has secured the support of the police in the Upper East Region to assist in curbing illegal fuel trading at the border towns and some fuel stations in the region. The NPA Chief Executive, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid enumerated illegal fuel trading in the region such as fuel smuggling at the border towns, selling of adulterated fuels, operating with an expired license, and operating without proper safety standards.


The NPA Chief Executive secured the support when he paid a courtesy call on the Upper East Regional Police Commander, Dr. Sayibu Pabi Gariba. Dr. Abdul-Hamid said he was worried about how some fuel station owners and their employees threaten to beat officers of the NPA when their outlets are locked. “The only thing we are worried about is that when people are in violation of the law, and I mean the fuel stations or according to the standards of NPA, a certain fuel station is not operating with proper safety standards or that their licences have expired or that their product has failed the quality test and when they are locked up, the people forcibly break the seals and continue selling, and sometimes they threaten our officers that don’t come here and lock our stations… we will beat you, etc.”


Reacting, Dr Gariba assured the NPA of the support of the regional command in providing security through “the various platforms to ensure the Upper East Region is peaceful and safe so that people can go about their mandate without any fear.” He said his command had structured their operations in such a way that the filling stations and strategic storage were safe in the region. “I assure you of the Police support that we are here to serve, and we can have a good collaboration with NPA to curb the future occurrence of such illegalities. As I sit here, we are providing 24-hour security to some filling stations in Bawku because of the security situation there. All the filling stations we had intelligence they could be a target of some attack, we are providing some security,” he emphasized.
The visit to the regional police command was part of a five-day tour by the Chief Executive of NPA to the Northern part of the country to familiarize himself with some petroleum installations in the Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Bono, and Ashanti Regions.


The Chief Executive and Management of the Authority, on Monday, made the first stop at the Bolgatanga depot of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST). The team was conducted around the facility by Mr Josiah Kwamina Atta, General Manager in charge of Terminal and Transmission at BOST. They also visited the Regional Coordinating Council and Custom Officers at the Paga Border to court their support in dealing with fuel supply and export challenges in the region.

PRESS RELEASE: Extension of the Zeroing of Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy (PSRL) from the Price Build-Up to 31st January 2022

We refer to our letter dated 22nd October 2021 on the subject matter "Removal of Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy from the Price Build-Up (PBU) Effective 1st November 2021". The directive to remove the PSRLs on petrol, diesel and LPG as per this letter expired on 31st December 2021.

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) wishes to inform all Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and LPG Marketing Companies (LPGMCs) that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, through the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy, has directed the National Petroleum Authority to extend the zeroing of the PSRLs on petrol, diesel and LPG for another month (i.e. from 1st- 31st January 2022). This is in line with Section 5 (2b) of the Energy Sector Levies Act 2015 (Act 899), as amended, which allows the use of the PSRL to stabilise petroleum products prices for consumers.


In view of the above directive, all Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and LPG Marketing Companies (LPGMCs) are hereby informed that the PSRLs in the PBU for the period 1st- 31st January 2022 are as indicated in the Table below:

Product PSRL (GHp/Lt or Kg)
Petrol Nil
Diesel Nil
LPG Nil


All Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Companies (LPGMCs) are to take note of the above and apply them in their PBUs for the period under consideration.


Please take note of the above and be guided accordingly.

 

Signed

Corporate Affairs Department

Wednesday, 12th January 2022

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