- The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has campaigned for a review of the price of gas supplied to Ghanaians
- The call comes as reports show locally produced gas is more expensive compared to imported gas
- Questions have also been raised about a zonalisation policy adopted in the distribution of gas in Ghana
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The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has called for a reduction in price of gas supplied by the Ghana Gas Company (GGC)
This follows the increase in the price of gas, a development that has led to complaints by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs).
COPEC argues that the Ministry of Energy, should as a matter of urgency, take steps to deal with the situation.
Per a report by citibusinessnews.com, COPEC revealed that Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) supplies by GGC at its Atuabo Gas Processing Plant is more expensive, compared to imported LPG.
As a result, some OMCs are compelled, under a policy of zonalisation, to buy the expensive gas for sale to Ghanaians.
The zonalisation policy requires some specific regions or areas to access gas from the Atuabo plant and nowhere else.
This has consequently led to concerns as some of those with exclusive access to the gas reportedly abuse prices, to the detriment of Ghanaians.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that COPEChas expressed concerns about the continuous charging of the cylinder recirculation levy paid by consumers despite an assurance given by the Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu, that it had been withdrawn.
According to COPEC, the controversial 13.5 pesewas fee is still being charged at fuel stations all over Ghana.
The Chamber is already in court, together with the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA), to ensure that the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) refrains from imposing the charge.
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