Cylinder Re-circulation should not lead to price increases – Stakeholders

By
Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, Aug 14, GNA
– Stakeholders at a forum on the Cylinder Re-circulation Model (CRM) have
appealed to the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to ensure that the CRM does
not lead to increases in the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the
country.

This formed part of
the concerns raised by stakeholders at a forum on the CRM organised by the NPA
in Tamale on Wednesday

The forum offered
NPA the opportunity to explain the National LPG Policy and the CRM to
participants and to take their questions and suggestions, which would help
shape the policy into one that would be acceptable to the consuming public.

The CRM is the
implementation model for the National LPG Policy, and it is aimed at providing
direction for marketing and distribution of LPG in a safe and efficient manner
to facilitate an increase in access to LPG nationwide.

This will help
achieve the policy goal, which is to ensure that at least 50 per cent of the
populace has access to safe, clean and environmentally friendly LPG for
domestic, commercial and industrial usage by 2030.

The CRM involves
filling of LPG cylinders at bottling plants and then supplying the filled
cylinders to consumers at specialised retail outlets where consumers will have
to exchange their cylinders for a filled one at the exchange point.

Other stakeholders
at the forum demanded clarifications on how the recall of LPG consumers’
cylinders would be done, and how safety issues would be handled for the benefit
of all.

Mr Alhassan Tampuli,
Chief Executive Officer of NPA said safety and job creation were high on the
agenda of the government adding it culminated into the introduction and
implementation of the CRM for LPG.

He said as part of
plans to address safety and increase the consumption of LPG, “the policy
implementors were developing a market-driven structure to ensure safety and
increase access of LPG to 50 per cent by 2030” adding “It is also to ensure the
existence of robust and standard health, safety and environmental practices in
the production, marketing and consumption of LPG”.

He assured that “The
relevant licenses will be issued and safety protocols will be keenly observed
to ensure the safety of the good people of Ghana, while increasing access to
LPG for domestic, commercial and industrial use from the current 25 per cent
level to 50 per cent by 2030.

He reiterated that
the CRM would not lead to job losses emphasising that “Direct job creation is
estimated to be over 4,500 in relation to new jobs under the actors of the new
value chain and door to door delivery service. This does not affect current
jobs of LPG Bulk Transporters, LPG Bulk Distribution Companies, and LPG Bulk
Storage companies”.

Mr Gabriel Kumi,
Vice Chairman of LPG Marketers Association called for increased education of
the citizenry on how to use LPG to enable them to patronise the product.

Dr Mohammed Amin
Adam, Deputy Minister of Energy appealed to all to support the government to
roll out the CRM to address issues of safety in the LPG sector as well as
create more jobs.

GNA

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