Energy minister sets up committee to investigate BOST contaminated fuel brouhaha

Energy minister sets up committee to investigate BOST contaminated fuel brouhaha

- BOST MD to step aside and allow a probe into the matter, Minister sets up committee

- BOST had earlier sanctioned the sale of the contaminated fuel on the Ghanaian market

The Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko has constituted an eight-member committee to investigate the sale of over 5 million litres of contaminated fuel to the market.

According to a statement signed by the sector Minister, the committee will be tasked to determine what led to the contamination of the fuel and review the transaction, among others.

Energy minister sets up committee to investigate BOST contaminated fuel brouhaha

Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko

The group is made up of officials drawn from the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Ghana Standards Authority, Civil Society Groups and other stakeholders.

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We note that BOST has so far evacuated a total of 471,000 litres of the said product and has currently suspended evacuation in compliance with NPA instructions. We wish to assure the general public that the Ministry is determined to ensure that the integrity of the quality of petroleum products supplied in the country is protected,” the statement stated.

YEN can report the BOST saga has caused Ghana about GHc 7 million in revenue.

BOST had at their premises, 5 million litres of an off-spec product. This is alleged to have resulted from BOST accidentally discharging gasoline into a diesel storage tank which already contained some diesel sometime in January 2017.

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Find below the full statement on the matter

MINISTRY OF ENERGY STATEMENT ON BOST OFF-SPEC FUEL ISSUES
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – The Ministry’s attention has been drawn to the various media reports on the issue of the release of 5 million litres of off-spec fuel from the Accra Plains Depot of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST). We have also received a report of the preliminary investigations conducted by the National Petroleum Authority on the issues. We note that BOST has so far evacuated a total of 471,000 litres of the said product and has currently suspended evacuation in compliance with NPA instructions.
We wish to assure the general public, that the Ministry is determined to ensure that the integrity of the quality of petroleum products supplied in the country is protected. In view of this the ministry is in the process of setting up an 8 member investigative committee into the matter. The Terms of Reference of the Ministerial committee include but will not be limited to the following
Determine the circumstances that created the off-spec product
Review the procedures undertaken by BOST to evacuate the product
Ascertain the quality and remaining quantity of the product
Determine if the product can be corrected, if not determine the alternative use for the product
Review the transaction
The committee will be made up of representatives of:
National Petroleum Authority (NPA)
Tema oil Refinery (TOR)
Ghana Standards Authority (GSA)
Bureau of National Investigations
Chamber of Bulk oil Distributors
Association of Oil Marketing Companies
Energy Commission
A representative from the relevant Civil Society Organizations
The committee is expected to advise the Ministry on the necessary technical, administrative and legal actions to be taken.
SIGNED
BOAKYE AGYARKO
MINISTER

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