Petroleum downstream sector plagued by illegal activities

Petroleum downstream sector

Ghana’s Petroleum downstream sector has been plagued by illegal activities. These activities and those involved are a threat to Ghana’s petroleum industry.

The illegal activities hampering the industry in the downstream sector include bunkering, smuggling and the dumping of petroleum products meant for export on the local market.

These illegal activities do not promote the needed growth, and adherence to the standards Ghana wants to maintain.

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Speaking at the, commissioning of the Command and Control Centre for the Bulk Road Vehicle (BRV) and the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS), Vice President of Ghana Dr bawumia indicted that, the commissioned projects are part of measures being put in place to deal with illegal activities such as bunkering, smuggling and the dumping of petroleum products meant for export on the local market.

The commissioned projects are tools that the NPA will be deploying to enhance its capacity in the monitoring of petroleum product distribution.

Vice President of Ghana Dr bawumia urged the NPA and its collaborating stakeholder agencies to maintain their commendable work in fighting illegal activities in the petroleum downstream industry.

He also applauded plans by the NPA to deploy Automatic Tank Gauging and Stock Management and Monitoring Systems at retail outlets in the country.

These systems will give the NPA and revenue collection agencies such as the Ghana Revenue Authority, a real-time view of petroleum product stocks and movements at all retail outlets and depots in Ghana.

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