The PPMS Unit provides a foundation for an effective quality monitoring system by introducing a marker in trace quantities into petroleum products at all operational depots in the country before distribution to the market. The marker is a unique identifier that aids in distinguishing the various types of petroleum products and exposes the addition, if any, of a foreign product. This is achieved by testing samples of petroleum products at all retail outlets & bulk consumers across the country with proprietary analytical devices which detect the presence or otherwise of the marker. The Legislative Instrument 2187, provides legal backing for the establishment, functions, and operations of the PPMS.
The PPMS entered a new phase of the program on April 1, 2019. Nationwide Technologies Limited (NTL) has been contracted to undertake fuel marking activities in Ghana. NTL has a sub-contractor agreement with Authentix Inc.
The PPMS conducts monthly fuel sampling and testing exercises of at least 75% of retail outlets nationwide. Field monitoring is conducted with the proprietary LSX3000 handheld detection equipment to monitor the concentration of markers in the market petroleum products.
The LSX3000 equipment stores all data, in an encrypted form, and is tailored to restrict access. In the field, officers of the Authority and key stakeholders like dealers, station managers, and station supervisors see Pass/Fail. However, the percentage marker concentration is stored internally in the field device, and the data is transmitted in real-time to a cloud system. Due to the configuration of the machine, individuals with the required credentials have access to the data for confirmatory results, intelligence, data mining, and maintenance of program integrity.
PPMS currently operates two (2) sector laboratories (Northern and Southern) across the country.