Mines, Energy Committee Laud NPA

Mines, Energy Committee Laud NPA

Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy have lauded the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) for effective regulation of the petroleum downstream industry.

The Committee made the recommendation when they visited the NPA Head Office to engage management on a range of issues, particularly regarding the Cylinder Recirculation Model (CRM) and technologies used in the distribution of petroleum products.

NPA Chief Executive, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, his deputies, Perry Okudzeto and Linda Asante, and the various Directors and Heads of Department expressed joy that the MPs had found time to come and see how the Authority works.

The MPs were taken through the operations in the National ECTS Command Centre, which houses the Bulk Road Vehicle Tracking System (BRVTS) and the National Retail Outlet Automation Architecture.

Members of the Committee were particularly thrilled with the use of modern technological tools, such as the BRVTS, the national fuel marking system, and the Enterprise Relational Database Management System (ERDMS) to curb third-party transactions, diversions, tampering and improve revenue generation.

The Committee also expressed satisfaction with the measures and strategies put in place to ensure the smooth implementation of the CRM.

The NPA team led by the Chief Executive and the MPs visited the Quantum Terminals Group’s LPG Storage Facility and the New Gas Bottling Company Plant in Tema.

The Committee was informed that the $16 million Bottling Plant currently has two units; one with the capacity to fill 1,800 pieces of 6kg and 12.5kg cylinders per hour, while the other unit can fill up to 1,400 pieces of 3kg cylinders per hour respectively.

Members of the Committee were impressed with the facilities and assured their support for such investments to improve Ghana’s petroleum downstream sector.

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