By Agnes Ansah
To ensure the safety of the people of Ghana while increasing access to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for domestic, commercial and industrial use from the current 25% level to 50% by 2030, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has reiterated its decision implement the distribution of the Cylinder Recirculation Model fully (CRM).
Mr. Alhassan Tampuli, Chief Executive Officer of NPA made the comments at second edition of the 2019 stakeholder engagement on CRM in the Ashanti region on the theme – “CRM: securing our safety, creating more jobs”
The meeting was aimed at interfacing with the public on the implementation of the cylinder recirculation model for the distribution of LPG.
Mr Tampuli said that the CRM project will be implemented fully and the relevant licenses will be issued and safety protocols will be keenly observed to ensure the safety of the good people of Ghana, while increasing access to LPG for domestic, commercial and industrial use from the current 25% level to 50% by 2030.
He said his outfit has had a number of consultations with Members of the Council of State, Members of the National House of Chiefs, The Asantehene, Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy, Regional Houses of Chiefs, residents of Nima and Kotobaabi, the people of Greater Accra region, the media in Volta, Eastern, Northern and Brong-Ahafo concerning the implementation of the project.
The CEO said that over the years, the country’s petroleum downstream industry has witnessed a number of unfortunate accidents as a result of the misuse and inappropriate handling of petroleum products, especially LPG.
“Indeed we cannot forget the unfortunate incident of June 3rd, 2015, in which a number of lives were lost. Neither can we forget the infamous “Atomic Junction Gas explosion” which shook the country in the last quarter of 2017, as well as the avoidable gas explosion that occurred at Trinity gas station in Krofrom, killing two people, injuring several others and properties worth millions of cedis destroyed.”
As a result, the issue of safety has been high on the agenda of His Excellency, President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government and this has culminated into the introduction and implementation of the CRM.
He said his outfit will continue with efforts to ensure that more engagements in other regions are done to ensure the implementation of the project.
Throwing more light on the CRM, Mr Tampuli said that the project is aimed at providing direction for marketing and distribution of LPG in a safe and efficient manner, to facilitate an increase in access to LPG nationwide.
The purpose is ensure that at least 50% of Ghanaians have access to safe, clean and environmentally friendly LPG for domestic, commercial and industrial usage by 2030, he said.
Aside this, the policy also seeks to develop a market-driven structure to ensure safety, increased access and adoption of LPG and enhance the capacity of existing regulatory institutions in order to enforce the regulatory requirements of the new market structure.
It is also aimed at ensuring the existence of robust and standard Health, Safety and Environmental practices in the production, marketing and consumption of LPG while ensuring the sustainability of supply and local content and participation in the LPG sub sector in compliance with the Downstream Local Content Policy.
On Job creation, the CEO observed that the project when completed would provide direct job to over 4,500 people in relation to new jobs under the actors of the new value chain and door to door delivery service.