The Ghana National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has called on its Nigerian counterpart to take measures to reduce the sulphur content in its diesel fuel to about 50parts per million(ppm).
Nigeria is currently doing 3,000ppm of sulphur content, which is considered to be toxic fuel.
CEO of the NPA, Alhassan Tampuli, speaking in Nigeria, Lagos during an Oil Trading and Logistics Downstream Expo said the move will help West African sub-region since the two countries control about 70 percent of fuel consumption in the region.
“If we look at a snapshot of current sulphur content across some African countries show that Egypt has the worse with 10,000ppm. Big brother Nigeria has 3000ppm, Tunisia, 3000ppm, Senegal 5000ppm, so Ghana is in good company with South Africa with the East Africa sub-region with 50ppm,” he said.
Mr. Tampuli told participants that Ghana has used stringent measures enforce the regulations and is working to also curb fuel smuggling in the country. He said the NPA in collaboration with National Security had recently confiscated 15 trucks which were found to be engaging in the said illegal fuel.
By virtue of NPA’s Act (Act 691), we are not able to use our law to sue them. So we are partnering with Custom Excise and Preventive Service in Ghana to use their law to confiscate all these 15 trucks and we are about to put them on auction,” he said.
“When we are done we will revoke the licenses of all these exporters and we will ban all their Directors from actively participating in the downstream petroleum industry. That is the way we think will bring sanity to the industry in Ghana” he stressed.