NPA Boss There is enough gas in the country but
 
Posted on: 2011-Sep-04        Joy fm
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The Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority [NPA], Alex Mould has blamed the intermittent shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the country on the lack of facilities at the Tema Oil Refinery.

We (NPA) brought a 21,000 ton vessel with 14,000 metric tons of LPG into the country due to the acute shortage but the vessel had to stop pumping [the gas]because Tema Oil Refinery tanks were full, he added.

The country experienced an intermittent shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas causing long winding queues at refilling stations with stock.

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) blamed the ruling National Democratic Congress(NDC) for the shortage, which according to them disrupted economic activities across the length and breadth of the country.

The NPP also demanded that the government fired the NPA Chief Executive Alex Mould for gross incompetence and mismanagement of the petroleum sector.

But on Asempa FMs Ekosii Sen programme Friday, Alex Mould said NPA is working assiduously to bring enough LPG into the country to meet the high demand of the product.

He noted that NPA have consulted their suppliers to increase the supply of LPG into the country but government would have to increase its subsidy on LPG to enable them pay the supplies regularly for effective supply of petroleum gas.

Alex Mould stated that even though government has been paying about GH12.5 million every month as a subsidy on LPG, the country risked facing another shortage if the infrastructure at TOR was not improved.

Alex Mould revealed that NPA is also instituting some measures and raising some funds to invest in the infrastructure of the refinery.

However, he debunked allegations that NPA intends to put a chemical in the LPG to break the engine of commercial vehicles running on gas.

Alex Mould indicated that NPA has not conceived any such plan because it is not workable.